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Thread: Selling black powder pistols--restrictions??

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    Boolit Master

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    Selling black powder pistols--restrictions??

    Just wondering what the rules are on selling and mailing a black powder pistol. I think I remember that some places it has to go to an FFL and be transferred that way and some places they are treated as a regular pistol and have restrictions on owning.


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    Boolit Master

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    Back in the woods a piece, just outside Auburn, AL.
    It is by state. You'll have to look it up. Some states you just mail it directly to them, and some states it has to go through FFL whether going out or coming in.
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    Boolit Master
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    My understanding is that 'antique' muzzleloading arms, and their replicas, are not considered to be firearms under BATFE regs. If it's a cap-n-ball revolver, in my experience...it requires no FFL. YMMV.
    "Do not follow where the path might lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    While not the end all look at the guidelines/restriction Cabela's and the other mail order places use. No restrictions from the Fed level but state and city laws may be different.

    Here's NORTH AMERICAN ARMS policy;

    Note: We are unable to ship black powder handguns to the following states and municipalities: New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Washington state, Michigan, Annapolis or Baltimore, MD, Montgomery County, MD, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Chicago, IL, Cook Cty., IL, Evanston or Cicero IL, Delaware, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Berkeley, Tiburon, Carson, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Oakland, CA, nor Orange, Marin, Loyo, Contra Costa, Ventura, Napa counties in CA. Illinois buyers must have FOID
    Last edited by M-Tecs; 03-19-2017 at 10:22 PM.

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    Years back had a postal inspector and deputies arrive at the house because a corner was cut off the box to make the muzzle of a replica percussion revolver stick out visible. The very corner at the muzzle. As in you had to have radiography to determine which corner to cut. And never mind that once it was visible you could tell at a glance that it was a percussion revolver. And that if radiography had been involved then the imagery would have clearly shown that it was percussion revolver. So OH NO MISTER BILL! a gun was in the mail.

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    s/w va.
    you already know whether or not it's legal for you to send or receive one in the mail where you live. so if yer sendin' one, confirm with the buyer if it's legal for THEM to receive it in the mail.

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