Answer by John Burnett: State law may affect your ability to handle these items. And of course, the postal service or other shipper may have something to say about what gets shipped in their systems.
This is definitely an area in which I would tread very carefully. You probably don't want your staff handling these items, even if the customer gives the OK. This might be a case where your counsel will suggest requiring the customer to personally remove the property him or herself.
Answer by Andy Zavoina: Check with the US Postal office but I believe you will find that weapons may only be shipped from one holder of a Federal Firearms License (FFL) to another. It would be a violation of law for you to ship it.
You might check with your local Rod and Gun Club as they may hold such a license and be able to assist. The other option is to explore breaking the weapon down into several parts and sending them separately. UPS may allow it this way as their rules may still be stringent, but less so than the US Postal Service. This method however, would expose you to much greater liability from the customer when they say the weapon was disassembled improperly, parts are missing, etc.
First published on BankersOnline.com 01/19/04