Shipping Antique Firearms
Shipping an antique firearm is quite different from shipping simple antiques. There are certain rules and regulations that require you to follow a standard procedure. According to law, the only thing that stops you from shipping an antique firearm is your illegal status, which includes being underage, shipping it to a felon or shipping it to someone who does not hold an FFL.
The Run Down On Who Can and Cannot Ship Antique Firearms
According to Federal Law, an antique firearm can only be shipped to a licensed dealer. You can ship the firearm to any other state but the receiver must hold an FFL so that they can receive it. These are things that are already discussed in the documents provided by the shipping company so that the carrier is aware that something of great value is being shipped. This prevents the carrier from letting anyone come in contact with the package. Most shipping companies require a photocopy of the license before they agree to ship the antique firearm.
In short, a person holding or not holding an FFL license but who is legally allowed can ship an antique firearm to only an FFL holder, which can be used for any purpose, sale or resale. If the buyer does not have the license to legally own a firearm, then you will have to ship the package to the FFL dealer and from there, depending on the state’s law, the buyer can have the firearm.
Things to Take Care of Before Shipping
An antique firearm is worth thousands of dollars, which is why it is important to get it insured before shipping it over. Consult your insurance company if your current package can cover the cost. If not, then it’s better to seek insurance from a separate firm.
Declaration of Contents
Before shipping, the contents must be exposed to the company and the carrier but only at the last minute. Do NOT put any label on the package to prevent it from being misused.
Sometimes, it becomes difficult to ship firearms that are long, such as rifles. In cases such as these, you can visit any shop that sells firearms and get it custom fitted in a plastic box by taking apart the gun. If it’s a handgun, then follow the steps listed below:
Buy a hardwood box that can hold the firearm securely without jostling it.
Wrap the firearm in bubble wrap and tape it lightly.
Place the firearm in the box and pack it with Styrofoam peanuts.
As for the ammunition, it should be packed separately in a similar way.
Most antique firearms are shipped as curio and relic for special care. In cases such as these, the shipping company gives your package extra protocol because not only it is worth thousands of dollars, it’s a piece of history that should be well-preserved and taken care of. As mentioned earlier, it does not matter if you don’t hold an FFL, what matters is whether the person you are shipping to has a license or not.