Handguns and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person are nonmailable unless mailed between the parties listed in this section, after the filing of an affidavit or statement described in 432.22 or 432.24, and are subject to the following:
a. Firearms meeting the definition of a handgun under 2and the definition of curios or relics under 27 CFR 478.11 may be mailed between curio and relic collectors only when those firearms also meet the definition of an antique firearm under 431.3.
b. Firearms meeting the definition of a handgun under 2, which are certified by the curator of a municipal, state, or federal museum that exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest, may be accepted for mailing between governmental museums without regard to the restrictions provided for handguns in 432.21through 432.24 and Exhibit 432.25.
c. Air guns (see 431.6) that do not fall within the definition of firearms under 1and are capable of being concealed on a person are mailable, but must include Adult Signature service under DMM 503.8. Mailers must comply with all applicable state and local regulations.
d. Parts of handguns are mailable, except for handgun frames, receivers or other parts or components regulated under Chapter 44, Title 18, U.S.C.
e. Mailers are also subject to applicable restrictions by governments of a state, territory, or district.
How to Ship a Firearm FedEx
FedEx only allows people with Federal Firearms Licenses to ship firearms:
Only customers holding a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and federal, state, or local government agencies may ship firearms with FedEx. Customers holding an FFL must enter into an approved FedEx Firearms Shipping Compliance Agreement before shipping any firearms with FedEx. For more information, contact your FedEx account executive.
Nonlicensees are prohibited from shipping firearms with FedEx.
If you have a valid FFL and are using FedEx to ship your firearms, there are steps you must take prior to shipping:
- Remove all ammunition. Firearms can’t be shipped with ammunition. In fact, ammunition can’t be shipped from a FedEx Office or other FedEx associated retail location.
- Disassemble all long guns. Engage safeties on handguns.
- Package the firearm in a secure, solid box so there’s no shifting of any kind when the package is moved. Repackage firearms cases in an unmarked, new outer box, again following FedEx guidelines to ensure the firearm and its case don’t shift.
- Only prepackaged, labeled firearms can be shipped. FedEx employees are prohibited from packaging or labeling them.
- When properly packaged and labeled, firearms can be shipped by an FFL holder at the FedEx office or by scheduling a pickup.
How to Ship a Firearm UPS
UPS addresses their shipping requirements for firearms on their website:
UPS accepts packages containing firearms (as defined by Title 18, Chapter 44, and Title 26, Chapter 53 of the United States Code) for transportation only in the following cases:
(a) Between licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, and licensed collectors (as defined in Title 18, Chapter 44 of the United States Code), and government agencies
(b) Where not otherwise prohibited by federal, state or local law, such as:
(i) from an individual to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector
(ii) from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to an individual.
The shipper must comply with and must ensure that each shipment containing firearms complies with all federal, state and local laws applicable to the shipper, recipient, and package, including, without limitation, age restrictions.
Handguns shipped through UPS have specific guidelines as well:
Handguns, as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921, will be accepted for transportation only via UPS Next Day Air Services, specifically:
- UPS Next Day Air® Early
- UPS Next Day Air®
- UPS Next Day Air Saver®
(Note: UPS Express Critical™ Service is not available for firearms)
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