on 02-14-202101:36 PM - edited on 03-04-202102:50 PM by Manager-Erin
Shipping firearms can be complicated due to regulations and restrictions. Unless you are shipping to or from a licensed manufacturer or a form of military or law enforcement, USPS is the most accessible carrier for firearms.
The content of this article is meant to serve as general information. It does not replace guidance directly from the carrier or a legal counsel. Please contact your carrier for current procedures.
Shipping Firearms with USPS
USPS will ship the following types of arms:
Handguns: a generally restricted class comprised of pistols, revolvers, and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person. Handguns and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person are non-mailable unless:
Mailed between curio and relic collectors only when those firearms also meet the definition of an antique firearm.
Certified by the curator of a municipal, state, or federal museum that exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest.
Classified as air guns that do not fall within the definition of firearms. Note: these must contain a verified adult signature.
Mailed between authorized vendors and manufacturers.
Unloaded rifles and shotguns: can be mailed, however, the mailer will need to verify, by opening or by certification, that the rifle or shotgun is unloaded and eligible for mailing. Subject to state, territory, or district regulations, rifles and shotguns may be mailed without restriction when sent in the same state.
Rifle: a shoulder weapon having a barrel that is 16 inches or more in length.
Shotgun: a shoulder weapon having a barrel that is 18 inches or more in length.
Specific postage is required:
Include a “Return Service Requested” endorsement.
Ship using Priority Mail Express.
Signature is required and must be used at delivery or by Registered Mail.
No markings of any kind that indicate the nature of the contents may be placed on the outside wrapper or container of any mailpiece containing firearms.