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#1 Richard Morton

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 12:06 AM

I have not found any definitive reference about shipping Gatling gun parts. GCA mostly allows all firearm parts to be shipped freely.  The receiver of a rifle however if substantially complete would need to be shipped via FFL. Does anyone know what parts of a Gatling gun would need to ship via FFL to FFL if any?  



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Posted 22 July 2019 - 12:32 AM

I have not found any definitive reference about shipping Gatling gun parts. GCA mostly allows all firearm parts to be shipped freely.  The receiver of a rifle however if substantially complete would need to be shipped via FFL. Does anyone know what parts of a Gatling gun would need to ship via FFL to FFL if any?  

The receiver of a gun is the only part that is regulated.    All the other parts can ship any way you please.    Even so, when asked what the box contents are its best to never say gun parts,  just say machined metal parts,  its just the day and age we live in.

 

Gatling gun parts are no different than any other gun parts by the laws/regulations.  

 

Live ammo has to ship with Hazmat stickers and additional cost,  USPS will not ship ammo.



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Posted 22 July 2019 - 01:33 AM

Thanks for the reply, but to clarify are the right and left frame the "receiver"? and if so they become the only part needed to ship via FFL? 



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Posted 22 July 2019 - 02:27 AM

I would call the brass tube the Reciever that is where most are engraved

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 01:59 PM

Yes, the brass tube is what would be considered the receiver,  that is where commercially made gatlings have the required manufacturer/caliber/serial number engraved.   Manufacturers are required to stamp/engrave that information on any firearm they make and keep detailed records.

 

A homemade receiver would present a real problem for a FFL to ship,  there is no Manufacturer/model/serial number or caliber markings to enter on the required records/forms a FFL is required to keep.    

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Further, going by the letter of the law,  a FFL shipping it is actually called a "transfer".      Laws allow one to build a homemade gun for their own use but transferring it moves one into the territory of being considered a manufacturer.     A manufacturer needs all sort of licenses and conditions to  be legal not to mention extensive record keeping and much more "red tape".

 

I will assume the questions are for academic discussion purposes only.    In reality, the practical thing would be to ship a homemade gatling receiver using the description of "machined brass pipe" and avoid creating a lot of unnecessary problems.


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