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Shipping carrier rules on guns and ammo

FedEx, UPS, and USPS each have different policies about how you are allowed to ship different types of items.

GunTab has reviewed the policies of each of the major shipping carriers to determine which shipping services can be used for each type of firearm-related item. Please note that this information is provided without any form of guarantee. It is your responsibility to confirm that you are allowed to ship an item.

Ammunition

Handgun ammunition

Ammunition designed for use in a pistol or revolver.

  • FedEx Ground
  • UPS Ground

Long gun ammunition

Ammunition designed for use in a rifle or shotgun.

  • FedEx Ground
  • UPS Ground

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).

  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express

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).

  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express

NFA firearms

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).

  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express

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).

  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express

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).

  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express

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).

  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express

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).

  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express

Others

Parts and accessories

  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Express Saver
  • FedEx 2Day
  • FedEx 2Day (AM)
  • FedEx Standard Overnight
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • FedEx First Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS First Class Mail
  • USPS Media Mail
  • USPS Parcel Select
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express
  • USPS Retail Ground

Magazines

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

  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Express Saver
  • FedEx 2Day
  • FedEx 2Day (AM)
  • FedEx Standard Overnight
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • FedEx First Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS First Class Mail
  • USPS Media Mail
  • USPS Parcel Select
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express
  • USPS Retail Ground

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).

  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air (AM)
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air (Saver)
  • UPS Next Day Air (Early AM)
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Priority Mail Express

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