Shipping Your Gun
As for shipping handguns, you can definitely ship a handgun via UPS or FedEx to a FFL holder for repair or custom work; just don't try to use the Post Office (that's only available from one licensee to another). I believe I get the best price and service from FedEx. If your business does any FedEx shipping, that's easy, ship it from your business and pay your employer. If you don't have that avenue, then go to the FedEx website and set up a personal account, billing it to a credit card. You can fill out your shipping label on-line and print it out on your printer. You cannot use the various mall shipping franchisees like The UPS Store or Mailboxes, Etc. to ship handguns. As they are franchisees, not employees of either freight company, they are not allowed to handle firearms shipments. Note: you can ship with the FedEx / Kinko’s stores around the country, as they are employees of FedEx. Handguns are supposed to be shipped directly with UPS or FedEx employees, per their policies and these shopping mall shipping facilities are third party franchisees, not FedEx / UPS employees. Should you decide to ship with them anyway, you should also be aware that they are charging you about 1/3 more than if you used FedEx or UPS. If you haven't followed the shipper's policies and have to file a loss claim, you may have a tough time, even if you paid for insurance.

Use FedEx's Express boxes (the medium size will ship 2 handguns packed in gun rugs, or one pistol packed in a plastic box, such as Glock & Kimber provide), which you can get from FedEx for free. Or pack in your own box, just be sure it’s sturdy, well padded and well taped. Gun rugs work great for protection as do large bubble type shipping envelopes. Do not ship guns and ammo in the same box. Pad it well enough so that nothing moves when shaken hard. Put your name, address and phone number inside with each pistol. Enclose your work order form. Insure the shipment for full replacement value. It runs $6.00 per $1,000.00 increments of coverage. Email me when you ship with the tracking number, so I can be watching for it.

FedEx & UPS require that you ship firearms via FedEx Priority Overnight or UPS Next Day Air. Some people will use cheaper shipping options like UPS’s “Saver” or FedEx’s Standard, but if you have a loss, know in advance that you’ll likely have a problem collecting insurance because you didn’t follow the companies shipping policies. Shipping a firearm requires that you select the option that gets an adult signature, which costs about $3.75 extra, but it insures the driver won't lay it on the doorstep, ring the bell and drive off.

Federal law requires that you inform their employee that takes possession of the package that it contains a firearm(s). You may encounter employees who are not up to speed about firearms shipping regulations. They may tell you that you can’t ship a firearm with them, or that you have to have an FFL to ship a firearm. Of course, neither is correct. On occasion, I've had to ask for their supervisor or someone who knew the rules (or would read them) to get my package shipped. The best money spent in firearms shipping is that UPS and FedEx will come to you and pick it up for about $4.00 extra.

When your pistol is finished, I will ship it back to you via FedEx Priority Overnight, insured for the value you fill in on the work order, plus the cost of the invoice. I will contact you before shipping to be sure an adult will be at the address you filled in on the work order on the day that it should be delivered. The Priority Overnight service guarantee is typically before 10:30 AM local time. If this doesn’t work for you, you are welcome to use your business address on the work order. I can also have it held at the nearest FedEx facility for your pick up.

Copied From FedEx’s Express Terms and Conditions 8-7-2010

A. F edEx Express will transport and deliver firearms 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; or
2. Where not prohibited by local, state and federal law, from individuals to licensed importers, licensed manufacturers or licensed dealers (and return of same).
B. I f 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 or indirect delivery.
C. F irearms must be shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight service. FedEx Express cannot ship or deliver firearms C.O.D. Firearms shipments cannot be placed in a FedEx Express Drop Box.
D. Upon presenting the package for shipment, the person tendering the shipment to FedEx Express is required to notify FedEx Express 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.
E. T he shipper and recipient must be of legal age as identified by applicable law.
F. The shipper and recipient are required to comply with all applicable government regulations and laws, including those pertaining to labeling. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can provide assistance.
G. FedEx Express will transport ammunition when packed and labeled in compliance with local, state and federal law, and the Dangerous Goods section of this Service Guide. Ammunition is an explosive and must be shipped separately as dangerous goods. You agree not to ship loaded firearms or firearms with ammunition in the same package.