BATF Shipment Rules and FAQ's......

NVFirefighter

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Here's a quick info source for BATF reg's........



Maybe it should get a "Sticky" to make it easy on the new members?



There is some duplicity in the two sections I made but better safe and informative than sorry!


SHIPPING FIREARMS

You may ship firearms through the U. S. Postal Service. Federal firearm licensees may deposit an unloaded firearm in the mails for conveyance to any officer, employee, agent, or watchman who is eligible under 18 U. S. C. 1715 to receive pistols, revolvers, and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person for use in connection with his or her official duties.
However, any person proposing to mail a handgun must file with the postmaster, at the time of mailing, an affidavit signed by the addressee stating that the addressee is qualified to receive the firearm, and the affidavit must bear a certificate stating that the firearm is for the official use of the addressee. See the current Postal Manual for details. The Postal Service recommends that all firearms be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms.
A nonlicensee may ship a firearm through the U. S. Postal Service. A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. A nonlicensee may not transfer any firearm to a nonlicensed resident of another state.
A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by carrier to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm. [18 U. S. C. 922(a)(2)(A) and 922(e), 27 CFR 178.31]
A nonlicensee may ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in care of another person in the state where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm.
A signature is required each time a firearm is delivered by a shipper, or common or contract carrierto verify the acknowledgment of the receipt of the firearm.A signature of the FFL maintained on file by the shipper is not an acceptable alternative.






From the BATF website FAQ's section:

[url]https://www.atf.gov/firearms/qa/may-nonlicensee-ship-firearm-common-or-contract-carrier[/URL]

GCA = Gun Control Act of 1968

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Control_Act_of_1968

Q: To whom may an unlicensed person transfer firearms under the GCA?

A person may sell a firearm to an unlicensed resident of his State, if he does not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under Federal law. A person may loan or rent a firearm to a resident of any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes, if he does not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under Federal law. A person may sell or transfer a firearm to a licensee in any State. However, a firearm other than a curio or relic may not be transferred interstate to a licensed collector.

[18 U.S.C. 922(a)(3) and (5), 922(d), 27 CFR 478.29 and 478.30]

Q: From whom may an unlicensed person acquire a firearm under the GCA?

A person may only acquire a firearm within the person’s own State, except that he or she may purchase or otherwise acquire a rifle or shotgun, in person, at a licensee’s premises in any State, provided the sale complies with State laws applicable in the State of sale and the State where the purchaser resides. A person may borrow or rent a firearm in any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes.

[18 U.S.C. 922(a)(3) and (5), 922(b)(3), 27 CFR 478.29 and 478.30]

Q: May an unlicensed person obtain a firearm from an out-of-State source if the person arranges to obtain the firearm through a licensed dealer in the purchaser’s own State?

A person not licensed under the <ABBR>GCA</ABBR> and not prohibited from acquiring firearms may purchase a firearm from an out-of-State source and obtain the firearm if an arrangement is made with a licensed dealer in the purchaser&#8217;s State of residence for the purchaser to obtain the firearm from the dealer.

[18 U.S.C. 922(a)(3) and 922(b)(3)]

Q: May an unlicensed person obtain ammunition from an out-of-State source?

Yes, provided he or she is not a person prohibited from possessing or receiving ammunition.

[18 U.S.C. 922(g) and (n)]


Also,here's a link to Opencarry.org on a map of the U.S. on private transfers....it's kind of sparse on info, but it gives direct links to all the states official sites your looking for, including Nevada of course.

(Link is dead)


I hope this is helpful to the members needing the info on shipping of firearms!
 
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merle

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I'd appreciate this being a sticky. Answered a bunch of questions I have since a lot of seller are in S.Nevada and I'm up north.
 

mbogo

Bwana Mkubwa
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Could someone post the Nevada state laws/regulations regarding intrastate gun transfers/

Thanks,
mbogo
 

NVFirefighter

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Could someone post the Nevada state laws/regulations regarding intrastate gun transfers/

Thanks,
mbogo
Private to private transfers in Nevada are okay without any restrictions except in Clark County. You have to register the transfer with the police dept. on pistols. Not sure about rifles in Clark County.....maybe a Southern Nevadan can chime in on that.

The search function on here is your friend, as is Google, if you want specifics to Nevada State Law.


Hope it helps....
 

mbogo

Bwana Mkubwa
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Thanks, NVfirefighter. I knew about the need to register handguns in Clark County, having registered thirteen handguns since I moved here at the end of March. :D

Having read through the statutes beginning with 202.253, I have found nothing regarding intrastate transfers (except the authorization to perform a background check).

mbogo
 
#7
Rifles can be transfered by private parties (residents) intra state. Without background check.

No requirment to register rifles in Clark Co. Just hand guns need to be registered within 72 hrs IIRC. Needs nothing from the seller. It is the resident of Clark Co. who is responsible to register the hand gun.

This is for in state resident buyers and sellers.

If you cross state lines you have to do the transfer at an FFL. BP is exempt.

You do need to register BP hand guns in Clark Co. only.
 

Just Deserts

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Makes you wonder about the people working at the post office.

When shipping a rifle to a FFL.

"are you a licensed dealer? you can't ship it otherwise."

"is the bolt taken apart so the rifle won't function?"

"you can't mail a rifle"

"what am I suppose to do with this copy of the receiving dealers FFL license?"

:catfight:
 

steve

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When mailing a rifle receiver through the USPS does it have to go next day or can it go priority? I can not find that answer on the USPS website. I know UPS and FEDEX want them to go next day.
 

mbogo

Bwana Mkubwa
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It does not have to go overnight; I would recommend that you send it via Registered Mail (insured) so that it is signed for by everyone who handles it during shipment.

If the gun were to disappear, Postal Inspectors would know who the last USPS employee who handled it was.

mbogo
 

steve

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Thats what I have read as well. Also I see where as long as it is going to a FFL you dont have to declare it with them as they wont put firearm on the box anyway. Read it the same way???
 
#17
I wanted to post a trade of some camera equipment for a gun. Could I just post to meet a local at the local police station for a transfer? I don't really feel comfortable shipping expensive stuff when it seems the only backlash the receiver would get is getting banned.
 

NVFirefighter

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I wanted to post a trade of some camera equipment for a gun. Could I just post to meet a local at the local police station for a transfer? I don't really feel comfortable shipping expensive stuff when it seems the only backlash the receiver would get is getting banned.
You don't show your location so a specific answer is kind of tough. If your in Clark county,you need to do any transfer of a pistol it will have to go through a local police station.....no matter what the trade consists of. You don't have to if it's a rifle or you live in another county.

It's your trade thread so you can put any stipulations on it that you feel it needs to make it comfortable for you! Personally I've had nothing but good trades with people on here but there is always that twinge in the back of your head until the item shows up,lol. I think paying with a way that creates a paper or electronic trail is the way to go.

Good luck with whatever you decide on.
 
#19
Thanks for the clarification. Those rules kinda seem like you can only post one line of what you have and you must ship it.