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    Shipping firearms (shotgun's and rifles) from UK to US

    I am looking on information on how you go about shipping firearms to the US from the UK if you were moving there for a few years? obviously moderators are a no no but is it a case of walking into the local gun shop and getting them to sort it out for you?

    Regards,

    Gixer

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    You can have a moderator in certain states / places. You need to buy a "tax stamp" which covers it.
    Not 100% sure of the legislation obviously but can be done.

    It might be easier to buy a shotgun/rifle to use over there, they sell them in alot of places and would probally be alot easier than shipping yours over, then having to go through all the paper work of bringing them back.

    Could pick up a cheap/second hand firearm, then sell it when moving back home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd90 View Post
    You can have a moderator in certain states / places. You need to buy a "tax stamp" which covers it.
    Not 100% sure of the legislation obviously but can be done.

    It might be easier to buy a shotgun/rifle to use over there, they sell them in alot of places and would probally be alot easier than shipping yours over, then having to go through all the paper work of bringing them back.

    Could pick up a cheap/second hand firearm, then sell it when moving back home
    How does that stand with not being a US citizen? I'm pretty sure it can be done if you're classed as a "resident alien", so what will your status be?
    You can't say muntjac without saying, Mmmmmm.

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    Gixer

    Can be a tricky business from memory, depending on type of guns to be imported, best to contact the ATF (Alcohol Tabacco & Firearms) stateside in the area you are staying, i think that your status whilst in the USA has lots to do with type of permit issued, lots of hoops to jump through and tons of ppwk filled out well in advance. It was cheaper to buy over there and sell prior to leaving, it may help to also apply for a visitors hunting permit prior to arriving and have referee's in place. Maybe a good idea to pm Muir on here he may have some ideas.

    atb

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    Gixer 1,
    You need to be a resident for 3 months before you can own or buy firearms in the states according to federal regs = higher than state law.
    If you get a hunting permit on the internet before you go (use a state with low non resident fees) you can bring firesticks with you on the flight over there (this really ups the baggage allowance as you will need an extra case, done that and it works, try proving to the check in clerk that a Colt .45 is unloaded while standing in the Gatwick main check in hall area with 300 odd economy types watching you do it, that make you pucker a little) hunting is a good reason normally but if your going there to work I am not sure of the gate customs persons interpretation of the law as they usually have no idea of ATF rules.
    I used to take older shotguns and flog them there usually for twice what I had paid here for them to help cover my trip but that was in the mid 90s.
    Martin

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    Hi,

    I am shortly moving to the States from the UK (Green Card through American wife). Looking into shipping firearms at the moment. From what i understand process is that they need to go through registered dealers (FFL's). So the process would be to leave firearms with UK RFD, move to the US, find FFL and request that they raise relevant import forms (Form 8 for import), RFD ships firearms that are then imported via FFL. You could take possession (with relevant ID, checks etc.) from the FFL.

    Have the contact details of a couple of good RFD's that can help with the process if you need.

    Otherwise if you find out any other information, let me know!

    Cheers,
    Joe

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    as already said,
    you need to be resident for a set time before owning or buying but you will need an ffl the otherside to import but if it is the same as importing in the uk you will need an export licence from my experience this is done in two ways either use an rfd who will get the reqiured export licence or do it yourself if you contact this chap he deals with the import into this country but i am sure he will put you on to the right department, for me the import of a firearm has gone smoothly you fill in a licence form with all the details it is sent in a few days and the both import and export paperwork stays with the firearms till it reaches its destination ,atb wayne

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    I have spoken to my local RFD and he is happy to ship them for me, should be around 250 for 4 rifles and 3 shotguns, I will just need to sort out the licence on the other side when I get there, the state I will be in does not allow moderators.

    thanks for the input so far!

    Regards,
    Gixer

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    Quote Originally Posted by gixer1 View Post
    I have spoken to my local RFD and he is happy to ship them for me, should be around 250 for 4 rifles and 3 shotguns, I will just need to sort out the licence on the other side when I get there, the state I will be in does not allow moderators.

    thanks for the input so far!

    Regards,
    Gixer
    That's a great price! Best i have had for under 20kgs is nearer to 400. Firearms need to go by air so 250 for shipping and arranging export licences is a great deal!

    Just a heads up a lot of FFL in the US that I have spoken to appear unable to complete import forms. I am planning on figuring it out when i get there. Also, i believe there will some other cost to cover in the US (3-4% import duty, customer's clearance cost, courier costs to FFL, FFL admin cost). But the bulk of the cost would be the shipping itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelewis055 View Post
    That's a great price! Best i have had for under 20kgs is nearer to 400. Firearms need to go by air so 250 for shipping and arranging export licences is a great deal!

    Just a heads up a lot of FFL in the US that I have spoken to appear unable to complete import forms. I am planning on figuring it out when i get there. Also, i believe there will some other cost to cover in the US (3-4% import duty, customer's clearance cost, courier costs to FFL, FFL admin cost). But the bulk of the cost would be the shipping itself.
    Joe, I have e-mailed the ATF so will let you know what they come back and say - they are usually pretty helpful. - although obviously the regs will be different for different states...

    Regards,

    Gixer

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