If you?re moving long distance, its likely that you stumbled across our blog as part of your research This homework includes understanding the Do Not Ship list, which includes firearms and ammunition. This restriction applies to all moves, not just those crossing international borders or outside of the continental U.S. but don? worry, you definitely have a few options to get them moved properly.
Before deciding HOW to transport your firearms and ammo, you need to ensure that moving them into a new state does not violate any state law or local ordinance. If youre traveling to your new home in your own vehicle, you can carry the restricted items with you. Just make sure to research state law for each state through which you will travel regarding how and where your firearm is stowed in the vehicle (unloaded, in the trunk, in a locked container, etc.). Each jurisdiction has its own legal requirements. You can start your research with state and local police departments or the state Attorney Generals office. If youre flying within the United States, you can transport firearms in your checked baggage under certain circumstances. The firearm usually has to be in a locked container. Special containers (such as the original manufacturers packaging or wood or metal boxes) are also often required for ammunition. Contact your airline for details.
Shipping the firearms separate of your shipment is also an option. The best advice is to consult a local, federally-licensed firearms dealer. The dealer can ship the firearms to another licensed dealer at your destination. Your dealer may also be able to provide additional advice for transporting your personal firearms based on the type of gun(s) youre shipping.
So you may be wondering, My BB, pellet and airsoft guns arent considered firearms? Can I pack them along with the rest of my shipment? The answer: Yes. But do NOT ship any pressurized tanks that accompany these guns. Pressurized tanks are also on the Do Not Ship list and can be a danger to your shipment and the driver.