How To Move With Firearms

Dec 8, 2014

Unlike most household items, you can’t simply pack firearms into a moving truck without having done some research. Whether you’re moving with firearms or having them shipped, you need to keep in mind a number of safety and legal issues.

Packing Your Firearms

When packing your firearms you need to keep one thing in mind — safety. Before you begin to pack your firearms it is imperative you remove all ammunition and make sure the gun’s safety is on.

For the actual packing of firearms, you need a box slightly larger than the firearm, bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Begin by wrapping the firearm in the bubble wrap then place it in a box filled with packing peanuts. I recommend you this for each firearm to prevent damage. Another option is to use a padded firearm case. Pack your ammunition separately as an added precaution.

Moving With Firearms

If you’re moving these firearms yourself, it’s advised you pack them in your moving truck or trailer. If you pack them in your vehicle, state and local laws regarding concealed carrying of firearms may apply as they would be considered accessible. You can read more about this on the NRA-ILA website.

Shipping Your Firearms

When shipping your firearms, the same packing process applies as above. However, be sure NOT to label the box as containing a firearm (This violates ATF regulations.), but do notify the shipping company of the contents of the box. Certain firearms can’t be shipped with certain companies, so be sure to find out beforehand.

Be mindful when shipping your weapons to a new state as you can be violating state and local laws. Keep reading for more information on that.

Moving With Firearms Across State Lines

When you are moving across state lines you must be aware of state and local laws to ensure that movement of firearms into the new state does not violate any laws. Depending on where you’re moving to, the new state or city may not recognize permits or licenses issued by another state. If this is the case, you need to research what your new state requires of you before moving into the state with your firearms. Check with your new state and the ATF to find more information.

Do you have any advice for people moving with firearms? Share your experience below.


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