Common Carrier & ATF Shipping Policies

 Shipping Firearms General 


Under federal law, any lawful gun owner may ship a firearm to Hinds Gunworks & Armament, LLC. (HGA) – or any other FFL holder – via common carrier like UPS, FedEx, or USPS for purposes of repair or modification and receive it back directly. You do not need to ship your pistol through a dealer unless your local or state laws require it, it is the customer’s responsibility to ensure the laws of their state and locality are followed when shipping a firearm to HGA. You may be able to save money by shipping through your local FFL. If you have questions about your local and state laws contact your local FFL for guidance. 

Common / Contract Carrier Information

*** NOTE: Your securely packaged pistol should be taken directly to a UPS Customer Center or FedEx service center for shipment do not attempt to mail a pistol or handgun through USPS. Affiliated shipping agents such as mailbox stores, copy centers, box n’ ship, etc. are not permitted to accept firearms. You are required by law to notify the counter person of the contents of your package. Be sure to insure your package for full replacement value.

US Mail (USPS) - Unlicensed Persons:

     • Unlicensed persons can ship a rifle or shotgun by US Mail.
     • Unlicensed persons cannot ship a handgun by US Mail. Pistols, revolvers, and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person (for example,       
        short-barreled shotguns and short-barreled rifles) are defined as handguns.
     • Postal regulations allow the Post Office to open your package for inspection.
     • Ammunition cannot be shipped by US Mail.

       You can search the US Post Office Postal Explorer site for specific USPS regulations regarding firearms and ammunition (Hazardous, Restricted and  
       Perishable Matter).

FedEx Express:

     • FedEx will only ship firearms and pistols via their Priority Overnight service.
     • Ammunition must be shipped as hazardous goods via Ground in compliance with "Limited Quantity." Special labeling is required.

FedEx Ground:

      • FedEx Ground will transport and deliver firearms (excluding handguns) as defined by the United States Gun Control Act of 1968 between areas 
        served in the U.S.
      • Ammunition must be shipped as hazardous goods via FedEx Ground in compliance with "Limited Quantity." FedEx Ground will accept shipments of 
        ammunition. Special labeling is required.

UPS:

      • UPS will accept handgun shipments by Next Day Air only.
      • Rifles and shotguns can be shipped by UPS ground service.
      • UPS will accept shipments of ammunition. Special labeling is required.

ATF Regulations Regarding the Shipment of Firearms:

Federal law requires all modern firearms be shipped to a holder of a valid Federal Firearms License (FFL). Any person who is legally allowed to own a firearm is legally allowed to ship it to an FFL holder for any legal purpose (including sale or resale). Here is what the ATF "Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide"' (ATF P 5300.4) says:(B9) May a nonlicensee ship a firearm by carrier? 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), 922(a) (3), 922(a)(5) and 922(e), 27 CFR 178.31, 27 CFR 478.31 and 478.30] (B8) May a nonlicensee 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. The Postal Service recommends that longguns 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.[18 U.S.C. 1715, 922(a)(3), 922(a)(5) and 922 (a)(2)(A)]

The section of the US Code governing modern firearms is called Commerce in Firearms and Ammunition (CFA). This code is available online: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_09/27cfr478_09.html

When in doubt, we suggest arranging for transfer through a licensed dealer. Violation of the CFA is a felony, and penalties for violation are severe.

Notes on USPS Firearm Regulations:

We recommend you read the Post Office regulations on Hazardous, Restricted and Perishable Matterbefore shipping a firearm through the US Mail.
The following info comes from the USPS Regulation DMM Issue 54, January 10, 1999, section C-024:

Page C-39, section 3.0, Rifles and Shotguns: "Although unloaded rifles and shotguns not precluded by 1.1e and 1.2 are mailable, mailers must comply with the Gun Control Act or 1968, Public Law 90-618, 18 USC 921, et seq., and the rules and regulations promulgated there under, 27 CFR 178, as well as state and local laws. The mailer may be required by the USPS to establish, by opening the parcel or by written certification, that the gun is unloaded and not precluded by 1.1e." Page C-39, section 6.0, PROHIBITED PARCEL MARKING: "For any parcel containing a firearm or a ballistic or switchblade knife, any marking that indicates the contents is not permitted on the outside wrapper or container." 

The following pertains only to licensed dealers shipping handguns: Page C-37, section 1.3, Authorized Persons: "Subject to 1.4, handguns may be mailed by a licensed manufacturer of firearms, a licensed dealer of firearms, or an authorized agent of the federal government......." Page C-38, section 1.5, Manufacturers and Dealers: "Handguns may also be mailed between licensed manufacturers of firearms and licensed dealers of firearms in customary trade shipments, or for repairing or replacing parts." Page C-38, section 1.6, Certificate of Manufacturers and Dealers: "A licensed manufacturer or dealer need not file the affidavit under 1.4, but must file with the postmaster a statement on Form 1508 signed by the mailer that he or she is a licensed manufacturer or dealer of firearms, that the parcels containing handguns (or major components thereof) are customary trade shipments or contain such articles for repairing or replacing parts, and that to the best of his or her knowledge or belief the addressees are licensed manufacturers or dealers of firearms."