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If I sell a firearm, do I need to take the firearm to an FFL so it can be mailed? Or do I just need to mail it to an FFL?
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If we are talking interstate shipping, there is the law and then the practicality of the matter.

The ATF maintains a FAQ on the law that may be helpful here:

https://www.atf.gov/firearms/firearm...censed-persons

However, the practicality of things is that even though you can personally ship a handgun to an FFL legally, no carrier will take your trade for a reasonable price. FedEx, for instance requires you to send it overnight, and charges over $100 for the service. And you may get static from "Bob" the guy behind the counter who is not an expert on these matters, even if you patiently explain the law to him.

By far the path of least resistance, for pistol shipping at least, is to take the hand gun to a local FFL and have them ship and insure it for you. I have one guy who'll do it for $30, but I have also paid $50 in a pinch. FFL's can ship USPS Priority Mail for a reasonable price -- and then there is their own time to consider.

Long guns are easier, but make sure you take "before" photos and get insurance. I have heard horror stories out there. . . Once again, I pony up to my FFL rather than roll the dice myself. Cost of doing business. . .
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If we are talking interstate shipping, there is the law and then the practicality of the matter.

The ATF maintains a FAQ on the law that may be helpful here:

https://www.atf.gov/firearms/firearm...censed-persons

However, the practicality of things is that even though you can personally ship a handgun to an FFL legally, no carrier will take your trade for a reasonable price. FedEx, for instance requires you to send it overnight, and charges over $100 for the service. And you may get static from "BUBBA" the guy behind the counter who is not an expert on these matters, even if you patiently explain the law to him.

By far the path of least resistance, for pistol shipping at least, is to take the hand gun to a local FFL and have them ship and insure it for you. I have one guy who'll do it for $30, but I have also paid $50 in a pinch. FFL's can ship USPS Priority Mail for a reasonable price -- and then there is their own time to consider.

Long guns are easier, but make sure you take "before" photos and get insurance. I have heard horror stories out there. . . Once again, I pony up to my FFL rather than roll the dice myself. Cost of doing business. . .
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