Shipping hand gun

frog2frog2 Member Posts: 168 ✭✭✭
edited July 2005 in Ask the Experts
This fall I will be flying to Ohio from Flordia to deer hunt. How would I get my 44 to Ohio, does it have to be sent to an FFL or can I ship it to my parents house in Ohio? Thanks Tom


  • D@D[email protected] Member Posts: 4,407
    edited November -1
    Get a really really good gun case that locks up and check it in with your other luggage just tell them at the counter. You dont need to go though an FFL.
  • sharpshooter039sharpshooter039 Member Posts: 5,910 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    taking a firearm with you on an airline is not as big a pain as many would want you to believe,I fly from Arkansas to Iowa several times a year to pheasant hunt and always carry my own shotguns
  • gskyhawkgskyhawk Member Posts: 4,773
    edited November -1
    from the ATF web site
    also note if its a handgun it will have to ship UPS or Fedex

    (B10) May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity? [Back]

    Yes. 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.

    (B11) May a person who is relocating out-of-state move firearms with other household goods? [Back]

    Yes. A person who lawfully possesses a firearm may transport or ship the firearm interstate when changing his or her state of residence. Certain NFA firearms must have prior approval from the Bureau of ATF, NFA Branch, Washington, DC 20226, before they may be moved interstate. The person must notify the mover that firearms are being transported. He or she should also check state and local laws where relocating to ensure that movement of firearms into the new state does not violate any state law or local ordinance. [18 U. S. C. 922( a)( 4), 27 CFR 178.28 and 178.31]
  • nononsensenononsense Member, Moderator Posts: 10,657 ******
    edited November -1

    I used to use the answer that gskyhawk gave below, frequently, and it works great. However, there is some spotty service being given by UPS drivers and agents in certain areas of the U.S. So I've switched to taking it with me as checked luggage as sharpshooter and [email protected] say. It's not hard or difficult, just look up each airline's rules and regulations about firearms and then call if you have any questions.

    Two things to do though are:

    - Show up a bit early so that security can work with you to get your firearms checked correctly.

    - Make a copy of that airline's rules and regs. and take the copy with you to check in. Hilight the important sections and mark them with stickies.

    If (and this hasn't been a big problem) the ticket agent gives you a hard time or looks panicky, quietly ask to see a supervisor, who should be able to handle the situation for you. I had one ticket person absolutely panic when I opened my gun cases but her supervisor took care of it very professionally. The counter person was replaced...

    Two good ways to handle the situation: ship them to yourself or just plain take them with you!

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