Shipping Handguns to Alaska
You are traveling to Alaska in your RV. You’re bringing your handgun with you across the U.S. and you know you can’t bring it with you into Canada. But, you’d like to have it with you when you get to Alaska. Full disclosure…you can do this without the help of Guerrilla Firearms or any other Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) on the front end. However, you are limited to using a private carrier (e.g., UPS, FedEx). This can be very expensive and requires you to dot all of your “i’s” and cross all of your “t’s”. We can help you accomplish shipping your handgun simply and legally and it’s not as expensive as you think. Because, as an FFL we can use the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Give us a call in advance of your trip so we can set aside some time to work with you. We’ll make sure your firearm is unloaded and there is no ammunition included in the shipment. We’ll need to see the same valid ID you plan to use when picking up your firearm in Alaska. We’ll recommend insurance and help you look up USPS pricing (usually $10 – $25). Ultimately, it’s your decision. But, we think it’s a good idea.
There are FFLs in Alaska that we’ll recommend. However, we can ship to any FFL if you have someone else you prefer. We will need a copy of their FFL (license) in advance so we can verify them. If you have someone you prefer to use, please have them email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org before you visit us. This will ensure we can use your preferred FFL. We will send them our FFL in return.
We’ll package up your firearm and magazines and label the package like this…
From: Your Name
c/o Guerrilla Firearms
1834 Burk Rd
Blaine, WA 98230
To: Your Name
c/o FFL in Alaska
1234 Shotgun Lane Gun
Town, Alaska 99123
There will be no other markings on the outside of the package, particularly any indicating firearms inside (by law). We’ll include a copy of your identification, our FFL, and the label inside the package in case any damage occurs to the outside of the package or label. We’ll make sure you have the address and hours of operation of the FFL where you will pick up your firearm. Then, you’re on your way to Alaska and we’re on our way to the post office. In most cases, we will ship your firearm Priority Mail 3-Day, Flat Rate Box.
Ammunition cannot be mailed to Alaska.
According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), who is responsible for regulating the import of ammunition under the Explosives Act, you may bring up to 5000 rounds of ammunition with you for personal use. However, we have heard reports of border agents either not knowing the rules or ignoring them altogether.
Our recommendation is to bring only a few boxes with you and buy more in Alaska if necessary.
- Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) manufacturer, dealer, or importer of firearms means a manufacturer, dealer, or importer duly licensed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) under Chapter 44, Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.). Licenses are issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), U.S. Department of the Treasury, under the Gun Control Act of 1968.