Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Using FedEx to ship firearms

I use the post office to ship firearms (except handguns) for repairs. I have never had a problem at the Post Office in regard to them questioning my right to ship or after shipment, finding the firearm damaged.

When shipping I assume the package will be run over by a truck and package accordingly.

However, many would rather use FedEx. I have no problem with using FedEx and have used them in the past. I found them expensive and I started using the post office.

The problem is that some are advising you do not have to inform FedEx your shipping a firearm. Also, they will offer a few other words of wisdom that may make you do a bit of tap dancing with FedEx or the government if you follow there advice.

Yes, some may be able to do it differently than what is written and never have a problem. All I can do is give you the law/policy and leave it to you to decide.

I asked FedEx last night for the FedEx firearm shipping policies to confirm what I thought was there rules. They quickly replied. By the way, you must use FedEx Express for handguns.

Firearms FedEx Ground

FedEx Ground will transport and deliver firearms (excluding handguns) as defined by the United States Gun Control Act of 1968, between areas served in the U.S., but only between:

1. Licensed importers; licensed manufacturers; licensed dealers; licensed collectors; law enforcement agencies of the U.S. or any department or agency thereof; and law enforcement agencies of any state or any department, agency or political subdivisions thereof;


Where not prohibited by local, state and federal law, from individuals to licensed importers, licensed manufacturers or licensed dealers (and return of same).

2. If your shipment contains firearms, select the Direct Signature Required or Adult Signature Required Delivery Signature Option, depending on the requirements of your shipment. See the Delivery Signature Options section for details. Firearms shipments are not eligible for signature release, driver release or indirect delivery.

FedEx Ground cannot ship or deliver firearms C.O.D.

3. Upon presenting the package for shipment, the person tendering the shipment to FedEx Ground is required to notify FedEx Ground that the package contains a firearm. The outside of the package must not be marked, labeled or otherwise identify that the package contains a firearm.

4. The shipper and recipient must be of legal age as identified by applicable law.

5. FedEx Ground will transport small-arms ammunition when packed and labeled in compliance with local, state and federal law, and the Hazardous Materials section of this Service Guide. Ammunition is an explosive and must be shipped separately as hazardous materials. You agree not to ship loaded firearms or firearms with ammunition in the same package.

6. FedEx Ground will not accept for transport handguns, assembled or disassembled.

* Use FedEx Express for handguns.

FedEx Ground Firearms Link

FedEx Express Firearms Link

I recommend you print out the FedEx regulation in regard to shipping firearms if dealing with the local shipper for the first time.


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  1. A FEDEX counter refused a handgun package when I admitted that magazines were included. FEDEX 800 confirmed that to be a long standing policy.

  2. It is perfectly legal, if not within FedEx rules, to ship a handgun via FedEx ground TO A FFL HOLDER...

    See 922(e) on page 10 (read 9):


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