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Shipping carrier rules on guns and ammo

FedEx, UPS, and USPS have different policies for different things. Certain things can only be shipped through an FFL.

GunTab provides this guidance with the warning that it may be incomplete or out of date. It is your responsibility to know and follow laws and policies that apply in your jurisdiction.

Do not lie to your carrier about what a shipment contains, because it's not worth the risk. First, it might be a federal crime. BATF says: "federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm". Also, your carrier might X-ray your shipment, discover it does not contain what you stated, and destroy it.

Firearms

Handgun (pistol or revolver)

Pistol. A weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having (... see full definition.

Long gun (rifle or shotgun)

A rifle or shotgun. Rifle: "A weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designe... see full definition.

NFA firearms

Short-barreled rifle (SBR) or shotgun (SBS)

A short-barreled rifle or short-barreled shotgun. Short-barreled rifle: "A rifle having one or more barrels less than 16 inches in length, ... see full definition.

Machine gun

Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by ... see full definition.

Any other weapon (AOW)

Any weapon or device capable of being concealed on the person from which a shot can be discharged through the energy of an explosive, a pistol or r... see full definition.

Other firearms

Antique gun (fixed ammo design in manufacture before 1899)

Antique firearm. Any firearm not designed or redesigned for using rim fire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition and manufactu... see full definition.

Curio or relic (manufactured 50+ years ago)

Curio or relic. Firearms which are of special interest to collectors by reason of some quality other than is associated with firearms intended for ... see full definition.

Frame/Lower/Receivers

Handgun frame/lower/receiver

That part of a firearm which provides housing for the hammer, bolt or breechblock and firing mechanism, and which is usually threaded at its forwar... see full definition.

Long gun frame/lower/receiver

That part of a firearm which provides housing for the hammer, bolt or breechblock and firing mechanism, and which is usually threaded at its forwar... see full definition.

Ammunition

Handgun ammunition

Ammunition designed for use in a pistol or revolver.

Long gun ammunition

Ammunition designed for use in a rifle or shotgun.

Ammunition flammables (powder, primers, etc)

Others

Silencer/Suppressor

Any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, an... see full definition.

Magazines

A detachable ammunition storage and feeding device for a repeating firearm.

Other (non-regulated parts, accessories, etc.)


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