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Old 09-06-2013, 10:47 AM
Bereabuck Bereabuck is offline
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Default How to ship inherited guns to California?

I posted this in the handgun forum but was advised that I may get more advise here. Sorry for the double post. I have received several replies at, but I appreciate any advise, clarifications you can offer.

Can someone advise me on how I should ship about a dozen guns to my brother, who has inherited them from my recently passed father. I am executor of my father's estate. I've read so much, some contradictory and confusing, that I'm swirling.

I'm in Kentucky. My brother is in L.A. I need for him to receive several revolvers, a couple black powder rifles, a few pistols, a shotgun and a couple hunting rifles. Nothing that would require a bullet button.

What's the best (legal, cheapest, less headache) way to ensure he receives his inheritance.

I most appreciate any help y'all can provide.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:26 PM
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As said in the other thread, there is an exemption for the shipping of firearms in this case. He would need to "register" the handguns, once he receives them. In other words, it does not have to go through a FFL.

The problem is with shipping since handguns can't be shipped USPS except for FFLs (some exceptions) and UPS/FedEx might have issues with that. I know a contact at UPS who might be able to help if you want to ship it, but the handguns would have to go overnight and that would be expensive.

The best way is for him to go out and pick them up. Driving is easier than shipping and most likely easier than flying back with them.

Now, you can ship them to a FFL and do a normal transfer, which is going to cost a bit of money. The handguns could be an issue since unless the firearm is on the certified list or exempt (such as a C&R), then it might be a problem to do the transfer. The handguns might qualify as an exempt transfer, like an intrafamilial out of state transfer, but I would personally have to check on that.

The black powder rifles generally would not be considered to be a firearm and could be sent directly, although shipping companies might have an issue with it.

The main issue is not the legal aspect, it is the headaches, which also bring into the cheapest aspect as well.
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Old 09-06-2013, 3:22 PM
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Most of the laws governing legal transfer of firearms through inheritance were last changed by the '68 GCA and were largely unaffected by the idiocy of the Clinton Administration and CA politicians during the '90's. Under federal and state law, as an executor, your brother is not legally required to go through a FFL to transfer firearms which are part of the estate. He can personally deliver them to you, ship them directly to you using common carrier, or you may pick them up from him. You only need be aware of (1) the laws and rules governing shipping of firearms, (2) newly acquired handguns in CA need to be "registered" through the Op Law declaration, (3) you may be asked to acknowledge receipt of the inheritance through documentation from the executor or probate court.
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