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Shipping Firearms

fod Jul 17, 2014

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    fod Hand of the Box Master Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Some tricks to prevent thefts en route:

    SOURCE: http://westernshootingjournal.com/editors-blog/a-ups-drivers-suggestions-for-shipping-firearms/

    As a gun owner and an 11-year UPS driver, I get a lot of questions from people regarding the safest way to ship and insure firearms through UPS. . . .There are two things that cause thefts from UPS –pilfering and over-labeling.

    1. Pilferers are mostly thieves of opportunity.Handguns, jewelry, cameras, and prescription narcotics are their favorite targets because they are easily identifiable and can quickly be shoved into a pocket or inside of a shirt, due to the SMALL SIZE of the packages they come in.The red and black “adult signature required” (ASR) labels that are legally required to be placed on these packages are often a dead giveaway. These labels are also called “steal-me sticker,” because thieves look for them. Most UPS facilities are fenced, and employees’ belongings are subject to searched exiting, so the size of the item is critical.
    The BEST way to protect your handgun is to simply put it in a big box. One gunsmith on my route “disguises” his handguns by putting them in used Amway boxes! This works VERY well. Look at the box you are shipping your handgun in.If you can stick it inside your pants or under your shirt easily, it is vulnerable.As far as the ASR labels, you are required by law to have them on firearms shipments.


    What many customers don’t know, however, is that they can get a more discreet ASR label that is incorporated into the UPS tracking label. These are better because the words “adult signature required” are very small and unnoticeable. More importantly, this barcode will electronically “prompt” the driver at the other end to get a signature. In case he accidently tries to “release” the package on the customer’s porch without getting a signature. He will be unable to do so because the DIAD (that electronic clipboard that you sign) will read the barcode and will force him to get a signature in order to complete the delivery. You can order these special tracking labels through your Customer Service rep, or you can print them yourself with the UPS shipping software.



    2. Another more sophisticated method of theft is “over-labeling.” This involves several conspirators who plan ahead and may get jobs at UPS for that very purpose. What they do is to print up a bunch of fake labels, with generic barcodes and phony return addresses, that are all addressed to a storage unit or apartment that they have rented in advance. One or more employees who are sorting and processing these packages will then slap the phony label over the authentic one, and the package will then proceed along its merry way to the “destination,” where an unsuspecting driver will deliver it to another accomplice who signs for it using a fake name. This will go on for a week or so until the thieves move on to another address to avoid suspicion. Since the original barcode is covered up, it is impossible to even trace these packages and they simply “vanish.”
    The thieves who do this will also target handguns and jewelry but, since they are not trying to sneak it past a guard, they have the freedom to target larger packages, such as rifles, TVs, and computers. How do you avoid this?


    Solution
    It’s simple. You put an address label on ALL SIX SIDES of the box. A package so labeled will be passed up by a prospective thief, since he must now try to cover up six labels instead of only one. This is too risky, since the areas where these packages are sorted are often under electronic surveil-lance.If you are a gunsmith or store owner who ships UPS, and the package you are shipping is worth over $1000, inform the driver who picks it up and have him initial the pickup record.
    These “high value” packages are audited and are segregated from other packages. They are not sorted or run over conveyor belts, and they are subject to a chain-of-custody type of procedure that will prevent their being stolen. I feel 100% safe in saying that a handgun that is shipped in a larger-than-normal box of good quality, with a discreet ASR barcode, and with address labels on all six sides will NEVER get stolen or lost.

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    Shipping laws
    State Law may come into play here, so know what your state says.
    SOURCE: http://www.losttarget.com/firearmshipping.htm


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    [TD]Q: May a nonlicensee ship a firearm through the U.S. Postal Service?
    A nonlicensee may not transfer a firearm to a non-licensed resident of another State. A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. The Postal Service recommends that long guns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun.
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    [TD]Q: May a nonlicensee ship a firearm by common or contract carrier?
    A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by a common or contract carrier to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm.
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    [TD]Q: May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity?
    Yes. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in care of another person in the State where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm.
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    [TD]Q: May a person who is relocating out of State move firearms with other household goods?
    Yes. A person who lawfully possesses a firearm may transport or ship the firearm interstate when changing his or her State of residence.
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    [TD]Shipping Ammunition
    • As of January 1, 2014 you MUST use the Striped Diamonds shipping label when shipping ammunition. You are required to use one of the larger labels on one side of any package containing ammunition. If the package is too small for one of the larger labels then you are permitted to use one of the smaller labels instead. No additional written information required on the box!
      Download Shipping Label (PDF)
      There is NO HAZMAT FEE for shipping loaded ammo. Hazmat is only for Gunpowder and Primers.
      FFL not required!
      USPS will not mail!
      * Recent state laws may make it illegal for you to ship or receive ammunition via UPS or FedEx (label or not). Check your state laws!
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  2. fod

    fod Hand of the Box Master Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Let me know if these are incorrect and need revision. I am no expert, I just know how to copypasta.

    :madaddy:
     
  3. unreconstructedgordo

    unreconstructedgordo Level: True Devil

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    a most excellent post, thank you. Should be a sticky IMHO
     
  4. dymond47

    dymond47 Better than gold or platinum

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    thanks for sharing fod..
     
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    cnjl3 Little member

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    Wow! Thanks for the shipping tips!
     
  6. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Thanks for the info .
     
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  7. Ironminer

    Ironminer Huge member

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    Yah that's right!
     
  8. Chris Daigle

    Chris Daigle Half fast

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    +2 :thumbsup:
     
  9. RussMo

    RussMo Average member

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    Thanks for the info and delivery!!!
     
  10. BenDibble

    BenDibble Resident Mortician JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Just shipped a stripped receiver via UPS yesterday.

    Very discreet white box with brown tape.

    Web-printed label with the discreet ASR.

    Too bad the company name is Orion Arms. :bwah::bwah:
     

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