Firearms & Ammunition Transportation

Shipping Firearms

Long Guns, Shotguns, Hand Guns, Cross Bow, Bow and Arrows, Stung Guns, Sling Shots, Pellet/BB Guns, and anything that launches a projectile, as defined by Title 18, Chapter 44, and Title 26, Chapter 53 of the United States Code.

 

Special Procedures for Shipping Firearms

WolfePack accepts packages containing firearms (as defined by Title 18, Chapter 44, and Title 26, Chapter 53 of the United States Code) for transportation only (a) between licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, and licensed collectors (as defined in Title 18, Chapter 44 of the United States Code), and government agencies and (b) where not otherwise prohibited by federal, state or local law (i) from an individual to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector; and (ii) from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to an individual.

Use These WolfePack Transport Services for Your Personal Firearm Shipment

Handguns, as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921, will be accepted for transportation only if the registered owner (requirements defined by the state Firearms are picked up in). It is present at the pickup and delivery location.

WolfePack Transport accepts firearm parts for shipment, provided the part is not a "firearm" as defined under federal law; the contents of the package cannot be assembled to form a firearm; and the package otherwise complies with federal, state, and local law. (Note: Receivers or frames of a firearm and firearm mufflers/silencers (also referred to as suppressors) are considered "firearms" and are accepted for transportation only if shipped in accordance with WolfePack requirements for shipping firearms.)

WolfePack does not accept automatic weapons, including machine guns, for shipment. Firearms (including handguns) and firearm parts are not accepted for shipment internationally.

The shipper must comply with and must ensure that each shipment containing firearms complies with all federal, state and local laws applicable to the shipper, recipient, and package, including, without limitation, age restrictions.

All firearms must be shipped in new corrugated packaging which meets the WolfePack Transport Single Wall Box Strength Guidelines.

All firearms are to be packaged in accordance with WolfePack Packaging Guideline Specifications. Ammunition must be shipped separately from packages that contain firearms (including handguns).

Packages containing firearms and fragile items must be separated from other boxes on moving day.

 

The shipper must be present on moving day and at the time of delivery. The boxes will be numbered as follows: “Handle Care Fragile Box #___”. Fragile items that do not contain firearms will be numbered the same way. On your firearms/ammunition disclosure statement the box numbers will be indicated. Your personal customer service representative will provide the form and only you and your personal representative will know what boxes contain firearms. At the time of pick up you and your driver will acknowledge and sign that you are shipping “Handle Care Fragile Box #___  through #____ “. This will ensure that the driver is aware of the fragile items you are shipping and not know if one or more of the boxes contain firearms.

 

The labeling and outer box markings on all firearms shipments should not identify the contents as containing a firearm. That is why we ship all firearms as Fragile Items.

 

Packing a Firearm for Shipping

  • Laws govern how you must pack a gun for shipping.  The idea is to pack them so that no one has any idea that a gun is what’s inside and so that it arrives safely and intact.

  • Choose a locking (uses a key) medal or high impact resin material box. Must be able to withstand a high impact.

 

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  • Place a “Handle With Care Fragile” Sticker over the seam of the lid and side. This will ensure the locking box has not been tampered with.

  • Choose a large, strongbox (corrugated box) with plenty of room for packing material to cushion the firearm.  Ensure that the exterior of the box gives no obvious indication of the firearm within.  This is why firearms often arrive as boxes within another box.  Federal law prohibits markings that indicate that the box contains a firearm.  Plus, you don’t want to tempt any potential gun thieves. 

  • Pack the firearm so that it will be secure.  The box should feel solid, with no rattling or shifting.  Shoddily packed rifles have been known to arrive at their destination with the barrel or bolt protruding, with damaged buttstocks or worse, or torn open and at the mercy of strangers and the elements.  Bubble wrap, pool noodles, Styrofoam, sturdy packing paper and wide tape are must-haves.  You should ensure the contents, but poor packaging can end up voiding your claim.

  • Only one gun per lockbox and corrugated box. 66lbs max weight.

 

By the Way

If you’re thinking of shipping a gun disassembled or piecemeal in separate packages to be reunited at the destination, you might want to reconsider.  ATF specifically states that “rendering a firearm unserviceable does not remove it from the definition of an NFA firearm.”  In addition, frames and receivers, as well as mufflers, silencers and destructive devices, are all considered firearms.

 Shipping Ammunition

 

 Special Procedures for Shipping Ammunition

WolfePack Transport, LLC accepts for transportation such ammunition as constitutes "cartridges, small arms," as defined in 49 C.F.R. § 173.59. All other allowable ammunition shipments are accepted only on a contractual basis and must be prepared under the rules for a fully regulated hazardous material.

Ammunition will be transported only when packaged and labeled in compliance with 49 C.F.R. § 172 (Hazardous Materials) and must be shipped in accordance with the WolfePack Transport Guide for Shipping Hazardous Materials. To meet the exception for Limited Quantity/ORM-D, ammunition can be shipped only within the 48 contiguous United States.

Ammunition cannot be shipped where it exceeds 12.7 mm (50 calibers or 0.5 inches) for rifles or handguns or 8 gauge for shotguns. The package may not exceed 66 lb. (30 kg). The shipper must comply with and must ensure that each shipment containing ammunition complies with all federal, state and local laws applicable to the shipper, recipient, and package, including, without limitation, age restrictions.

 

In order to meet the exception for "Limited Quantities" shipments or ORM-D materials, which are not subject to the shipping paper requirements of subpart C of part 172 of 49 CFR, ammunition can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous United States. Shipments of ammunition with other WolfePack Transport services must be prepared as a fully regulated hazardous material and are available only on a contractual basis.

 

To qualify as "Cartridges, small arms ORM-D" or limited quantity, ammunition must be:

 

Ammunition that does not exceed 12.7 mm (50 calibers or 0.5 inches) for rifle or pistol cartridges or 8 gauge for shotgun shells; or Ammunition with inert projectiles or blank ammunition

 

Ammunition must be packed with internal boxes or partitioning or in metal clips. The internal boxes, partitions or clips must fit snugly into the external packaging that is securely closed so that it cannot open during transportation. Ammunition will be transported only when packaged and labeled in compliance with 49 C.F.R. Part 172, et seq. regarding hazardous materials shipments,

 

Hazardous Materials Label or Marking are Required. Packages that meet the definition of Cartridges, small arms must be marked with the proper shipping name "Cartridges, small arms", and designated as "ORM-D". Materials marked "ORM-D" and shipped by WolfePack within the 48 contiguous states. This marking may either be in the form of an ORM-D sticker or written by hand. If written by hand the letters "ORM-D" must be enclosed by a rectangle that is ¼" larger on each side than the designation "ORM-D". (Note: The image below can be printed, cut out, and securely taped to the box with clear packing tape.)

 

Print the ORM-D or Limited Quantity marking and securely affix to your package. If using the limited quantity marking, please place on the package as a "square on point" or "diamond". Please make sure the Blue ORM-D label is 2 1/2" x 2" and the black one is 1/2" larger. If you would like to purchase them 

Packing ammunition for Shipping

Laws govern how you must pack ammunition. The idea is to pack ammunition so that it arrives safely and intact:

  • Choose a large, strongbox (corrugated box) with plenty of room for packing material to cushion the ammunition.  Ensure that the exterior of the box gives no obvious indication of the ammunition within.  This is why ammunition often arrive as boxes within another box

  • Pack the ammunition so that it will be secure.  The box should feel solid, with no rattling or shifting.  Bubble wrap, pool noodles, Styrofoam, sturdy packing paper and wide tape are must-haves.  You should ensure the contents, but poor packaging can end up voiding your claim.

  • Only 66lbs max weight, per box.

  • Attach a Hazardous Materials Label or Marking on all six sides of the box. Labels must adhere to state and federal guidelines.  

Disclaimer

WolfePack Transport, LLC or affiliates, contractors, or any business contracted through WolfePack Transport is not responsible for the legality of the firearm or ammunition in the state it is being transferred from or transferred too, including federal regulations.  WolfePack Transport will not be responsible for damage or loss during transport of a firearm or ammunition. The shipper (client)  will and must comply with and must ensure that each shipment containing firearms or ammunition complies with all federal, state and local laws applicable to the shipper, recipient, and package, including, without limitation, age restrictions.

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