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    Importing firearms from USA

    My uncle offered me one of his rifles last time I was over there. I politely declined, but he recently repeated the offer which set me thinking.

    How would I tackle this if I accepted his offer ?

    I presume there are specialists who will ship internationally and that it would have to be sent to an RFD.

    VAT ought not to be an issue since the item is not being bought.

    It's an old Ruger Model 1 with a gorgeous stock - he had some work done on the trigger and it has had a go-faster re-barrel job done. It's in .270, and I have an available slot for both the calibre and action.

    So although it's not a horribly expensive piece it's still very nice and, more importantly, it has been my uncle's for many years so a bit of family history there.

    I'm guessing it would be simpler to emigrate and keep the gun over there...


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    Don't know if it's german or EU, but I just got a rifle, shotgun, and pistol. They've been here 20+ years, but never registered on the german (EU?) system. Had to get export permission from the States and import permission to germany (EU?) on them and they will have to be proof shot. Gonna cost me about 60 euro each for the long guns and 100+/- a couple for the pistol. Customs office has the info but it would be simpler to get a shop that exports/imports to take care of it for you. Since it's coming from someone you know and are in contact with (had to track folks down and do extra paperwork because they abandoned the guns. Yours should go real simple...

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    You will need to get a dealer in the states with an export license. He can send to your RFD you inform the police so they are awere of it your dealer enters it onto his books using the exporters paperwork. You will then have to get the gun proofed then once the dealer gets it back he can then enter it on to your FAC.

    You will have to pay vat on what its worth I belive as well as import duty.

    Thats the way I read it.

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    you can apply for a import licence for yourself to get it direct from a dealer with export papers rather than going through an rfd this end,atb wayne

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    Thanks for the input gents - some options to look at

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    Not absolutely sure on this but you need to speak to the relevant U.S. authority (BATF) and they should put you right, but I believe it may still be possible for you to visit your uncle and have the rifle gifted to you at the airport. You will need to sort the transport arrangements out before you travel. On arrival in the U.K. just demonstrate that you have lawful authority to possess and declare it to customs. There will the be no need to send the rifle for proof as it wil already belong to you. If you go through a RFD the rifle will need to go to the proof house before the RFD can transfer it to you.

    Your biggest problem is legally possessing the rifle in the U.S. as a non resident but like I say the U.S. authorities can put you right on that one.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    ok people are going to say you can,t do this but last yr a mate brought back a rifle back no problem get a slot on your ticket, declare it at your departure from the USA , collect from customs this end, they will ask value, tell them, show them the slot on your ticket, inform your police force when you get home. I queried customs at heathrow when they checked my bow and they agreed this is correct.

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    when i did it i got the rifle details and serial number entered onto my ticket before i got my import cert so i didn't have to go collect from customs it came direct to me reading up abit on this i think there are different methods I also spoke to the police and import/export to confirm i was doing the correct thing and all came back ok, wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taff View Post
    ok people are going to say you can,t do this but last yr a mate brought back a rifle back no problem get a slot on your ticket, declare it at your departure from the USA , collect from customs this end, they will ask value, tell them, show them the slot on your ticket, inform your police force when you get home. I queried customs at heathrow when they checked my bow and they agreed this is correct.
    That's what the customs ladies told me when I asked about having one sent to me from back home.... Had I been travelling, it would have been simple, but having it mailed would take a little more. Not impossible tho and if the rifle has any sentimental value, well worth it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taff View Post
    ok people are going to say you can,t do this but last yr a mate brought back a rifle back no problem get a slot on your ticket, declare it at your departure from the USA , collect from customs this end, they will ask value, tell them, show them the slot on your ticket, inform your police force when you get home. I queried customs at heathrow when they checked my bow and they agreed this is correct.
    .

    While not doubting the above, how do you get the rifle from the shop, in the first place? I was under the impression that you cant just walk in and hand a wad of cash over.

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