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Old 09-19-2021, 7:03 PM
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Default Can I buy a gun in Europe and bring it back to USA?

My brother and I are planning a trip to Germany and maybe Switzerland. I know they've got guns over there that I can't find here in the USA. While I'm over there, can I buy a rifle and have it shipped to a US FFL through an importer or something? What would be the cost of this type of service? Thank you for any information.
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Old 09-19-2021, 9:38 PM
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Contact Simpson
https://simpsonltd.com/firearm-imports/
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Old 09-21-2021, 6:43 AM
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Also note that the firearm needs to be legal, under Federal laws/regulations, for importation into the USA for civilian ownership. [18 USC 925(d)(3)]

Handguns must meet the minimum point value to be legal for importation.
Shotguns and semi-auto centerfire rifles can not have restricted features.
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Old 09-21-2021, 7:00 AM
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Good luck in Germany… guns are heavily regulated there - it is a far different situation than here in the States. I’m also not sure a visitor could buy a gun over there - they have very different requirements for gun ownership.

Giving a quick search, I found the following article which may provide some insight:

https://www.thelocal.de/20160616/fiv...-control-laws/
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It can be done, but it would need to be something pretty spectacular to justify the cost and hassle. As an individual, you can have something imported through a regular 01 FFL by submitting an ATF form 6. You would never take possession of the gun in Europe and you would need a dealer willing to export it that knows the process. They have to apply and pay for an export permit and the shipping is very costly. There really isn't anything there that importers like Simpson and Edelweiss aren't already bringing into the country. The only advantage for an individual is that it would not need to be import marked. The marks these days are very subtle because of the relatively low cost of using lasers. It's really pretty daunting. Myself, I actually have an 08 importer FFL and was hoping to start bringing over some C&R handguns for resale, but with the pandemic and all, my plans were stalled. Then there is the $15K+ investment for a laser engraver if I want to do it right. As mentioned, there are people who will help you import a gun, but it really needs to be something special, otherwise you are better off just finding one here.
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I stopped into a few shotgun shops in the UK... The sell a lot of older shotguns to yanks and deliver then via FFL/ ITAR/ Importers to the US....

The guns seemed VERY overpriced vs guns in the US... I forget the cost to export from UK and import into the US...

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