Firearms Shipping Guidelines

We encourage you to review the specific shipper’s web site as shippers have different guidelines.

Federal law requires all modern firearms be shipped to a holder of a valid Federal Firearms License (FFL). Any person who is legally allowed to own a firearm is legally allowed to ship it to an FFL holder for any legal purpose (including sale or resale). Lock Stock & Barrel is a Licensed FFL

Here is what the ATF “Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide”‘ (ATF P 5300.4) says:

(B9) May a nonlicensee ship a firearm by carrier?
A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by 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.[18 U.S.C. 922(a)(2)(A), 922(a) (3), 922(a)(5) and 922(e), 27 CFR 178.31, 27 CFR 478.31 and 478.30]

(B8) May a nonlicensee ship a firearm through the U. S. Postal Service?
A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. A nonlicensee may not transfer any firearm to a nonlicensed resident of another state. The Postal Service recommends that longguns 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.[18 U.S.C. 1715, 922(a)(3), 922(a)(5) and 922 (a)(2)(A)]

The section of the US Code governing modern firearms is called Commerce in Firearms and Ammunition (CFA). This code is available online: CLICK HERE to view this page

Any shipper who does not have an FFL is considered to be an unlicensed person.

Unlicensed persons must ship modern firearms to a licensed FFL dealer only. Lock Stock and Barrel is a Federally licensed dealer and approved to receive firearms through the Mail or Private Carrier. Your Cousin, Brother, Uncle, Step Son, Sister-in-law, are not approved to receive Modern Firearms in the Mail or through a private carrier.

Before you ship a gun, we can provide you with a copy of our signed FFL license for transfers. You will ship the gun to the address on the license. You should take the copy of the signed FFL with you when you take the item to be shipped in case the shipper wants to see it.

Important Rules:

  • The firearm cannot be shipped loaded.
  • Ammunition may not be shipped in the same box as the firearm.

Notes on specific shippers:

Specific shippers, such as US Mail, FedEx, and UPS, have different rules related to firearms. Please review their websites for guidelines about shipping firearms and ammunition.

US Mail – unlicensed persons:

  • Unlicensed persons can ship a rifle or shotgun by US Mail.
  • Unlicensed persons cannot ship a handgun by US Mail. Pistols, revolvers, and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person are defined as handguns.
  • Postal regulations allow the Post Office to open your package for inspection.

US Mail – licensed persons:

  • Licensed persons can ship rifles, shotguns, or handguns by US Mail. In fact, we suggest you use the USPS, as it is now the most cost-effective way to ship a handgun.
  • To ship a rifle or shotgun, you need only inform the Post Office the package contains a firearm.
  • A licensed manufacturer, dealer, or importer can ship a handgun via the US Post Office if the licensed dealer fills out a US Post Office Form PS 1508 and files it with the local Post Office branch where the handgun is to be shipped.

FedEx Express:

  • FedEx will only ship firearms via their Priority Overnight service.

FedEx Ground:

  • FedEx Ground will transport and deliver firearms (excluding handguns) as defined by the United States Gun Control Act of 1968 between areas served in the U.S.


  • UPS will accept handgun shipments by Next Day Air only.
  • Rifles and shotguns can be shipped by UPS ground service.