Shipping firearms by common carrier requires that you notify the carrier of the contents of the package. The law says:

No person shall knowingly deliver or cause to be delivered to any common or contract carrier for transportation or shipment in interstate or foreign commerce to any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, any package or other container in which there is any firearm or ammunition without written notice to the carrier that such firearm or ammunition is being transported or shipped

Let’s say that you want to ship your firearm to the factory for some service work. The only problem is that the postal service refuses to ship handguns, and companies like UPS require that you ship firearms overnight- at a rate that may cost nearly as much as the firearm being shipped. I was shipping a pair of Sigs to the factory for some custom work, and UPS wanted nearly $200 to ship them overnight, which was the only way that they would accept them. Also, UPS contractors won’t take them, only actual corporate UPS locations.

Why? Because UPS employees steal too much of what is shipped through their employer.

Deputies said the employee, Okoye Manley, 28, sent text messages to his co-defendants, Tanjinika Wright, 31, and Dekeria Wright, 26, as he delivered packages to homes. All three were arrested Thursday. UPS officials said that Manley is no longer employed by the company.

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Will · December 16, 2018 at 10:17 am

Not having a secure receptacle for packages is a problem for residences.

I busted a family doing the same thing, basically. Watched a kid on a bicycle circling around in front of a house that UPS was delivering to. As the truck disappeared around the corner, with the bike in hot pursuit, I saw a SUV pull into the drive. The driver carried packages back to the vehicle, and took off after the truck. Shortly after, I drove around the corner to check, and observed the same situation. Dropped a dime on them, and later heard back from a detective that they had been caught. The son of the SUV driver was on the bike, and there was a younger daughter in the SUV I hadn't seen. Caught with less than $1k in Christmas gifts, so not a felony. Near twenty years ago.

I got involved because about ten years earlier I had some guns sent back for warrantee work or repair. They would just show up on my doorstep, even though most of them said signature required.
IIRC, the P.O. is supposed to carry handguns, but they decided on their own that they weren't going to do it. That should be corrected. One or both of those shippers now works with the PO, so they could end up moving handguns anyway. Both FedX and UPS are anti-gun, which is why they were happy to screw gun owners instead of fixing their own business problems.

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