Can an FFL Dealer ship a pre-1899 gun antique internationally?
An FFL Dealer can export a firearm internationally after completing ATF Form 9 and receiving approval. Most firearms must be exported in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act of 1976. This generally requires a license to be obtained from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
Yes- HOWEVER- be sure that the rifle is an ANTIQUE. Both California and Federal law have a specific definition of what makes a firearm an ANTIQUE. The particular gun must have been made prior to 1899, or it is a muzzle loading type firearm that uses loose ball and powder, without regard to when it was made. If it is NOT an antique, and ownership is being transferred across a state line, then the rifle…
Small items are not difficult to ship internationally. eBay offers selling internationally or you can specify where you are willing to ship. Small items can easily be shipped using the postal service. Look up the cost of flat rate boxes and their sizes online. If your item will fit into a flat rate box, you'll know how much to charge for international shipping. This will keep you from undercharging the customer and losing money.
Inspect the item carefully for a signature on the front and/or identifying information ON THE BACK. Take it to a museum and speak with a docent. Take it to an antique dealer whose specialty is ship's sketches. Was the ship itself old in the sketch, or is the sketch itself old and how do you know this? -These factors will influence your search for the truth. Good Luck!
An individual (as opposed to a licensed dealer) is not supposed to use the U.S. postal service to ship handguns. You are supposed to use a secondary carrier like Fedex or UPS. If the police department is in the same state, you can legally ship it to them, but if you ship and handgun to a different state, you are supposed to ship to an FFL (licencsed dealer).