TW 017 - Shipping Firearms

Shipping Firearms

-        Why ship rather than fly

-        Intrastate – not a “transfer” needing an FFL

-        Interstate – to yourself or FFL only

o   To you, c/o the other person (not a transfer if unopened)

o   Shipping to someone else - change in control

-        Keep box un-taped for possible inspection.

-        Insert FFL

-        DECLARE firearm

-        Handguns – non-FFL use UPS or FedEx only

-       Ammo – Use UPS or FedEx only – GROUND.

o   Must be marked ORM-D/diamond

-       No law that I know of about ammo and firearm in same box (rules only)

-       USPS – US Mail

o   Long-guns only for non-FFL

o   Best for price/insurance

o   No ammo

o   Include a “Return Service Requested” endorsement.

o   Ship using Priority Mail Express.

o   Signature is required and must be used at delivery

-       UPS – FFLs only (their rules)

o   Should not identify firearm (label/box)

o   Handguns overnight

o   Ammo ground-only marked 66lb max

-       FedEx

o   No markings (must not)

o   Ammo in separate package

o   Store/Center dependent

o   Have copy of FFL


-       Use/Get FFL


TW 016 - Justiciability and Levels of Scrutiny

Ryan doubles back and dives into a topic from last episode: how a court looks at consitutional law cases to include standards of reveiw for different types of cases and when a court has the authority to hear a case.

TW 015 - AWB 2018 and Dicks Lawsuit

Ryan discusses the newly proposed Assault Weapons Ban and the lawsuit against Dick's and Walmart for banning long-gun sales to those under 21 years old.

TW 014 - NFA Trusts

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Ryan explores what NFA trusts are and whether you should use one.

TW 013 - Armor Piercing Ammunition

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Based on the recent news of an ammunition vendor being arrested and charged in connection with the Las Vegas shooting, Ryan discusses the federal laws on Armor Piercing Ammunition.


TW 012 - Franklin Armory's Reformation

If you've been wondering how you're going to apply all of this new firearms legal information from this podcast to the real world....this episode is for you!

Franklin Armory broke the firearm-related internet last week with the announcement of their Reformation firearm.

They claim that it isn't a rifle, shotgun, nor NFA firearm. However, the picture looks just like a short barreled rifle.

Ryan's contacts in the ATF say that the Reformation has NOT bee approved but that a prior request from Franklin Armory has been approved. The company's press release says that the ATF has approved it as a "non-rifle" but implementing the technology the way they have MAY be an issue. We're paying close attention to see what happens at SHOT.

TW 011 - CA Ammo Law, Foreign persons, Background Checks

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Ryan talks about California's brand new ammunition law which bans internet ammo sales and requires all ammunition transactions to occur "face-to-face." It also requires most sellers of ammunition to obtain a special ammunition seller's permit. Gun dealers (FFLs) in California are exempt from this. For more, see:

Ryan also adds some information to the last episode on export controls and talks about considerations for foreign persons and how we all need to be careful!

The episode is closed answering a listener's question about background checks and what to do when you are "delayed."

TW 010 - Machine Guns and Bump-Fire Stocks

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Ryan explores the federal definition of machine guns and how the ATF is seeking to include bump-fire stocks within the definition.

Ryan's newest project: Mayday Safety, a program for family, business, and church safety.


TW 008 - Judicial Review, Marbury v. Madison

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You wanted Ryan to dive a little deeper into the Constitutional law weeds and you got it!  Ryan gives a tiny sample of a lecture that he normally gives his college students about how the Supreme Court made a creative power-grab.

We hope that you enjoy this brief history lesson in American politics - we bet you'll learn something!

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TW 007 - Infringing on Rights and NICS Checks

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Ryan reviews the last episode's topic of Constitutional rights and explains how the government can, and does, infringe upon our rights. As a recent example, Ryan discusses a recent Florida case that the Supreme Court decided not to hear - and what that might mean.

Ryan also explains what NICS checks are and how they can be used to measure relative firearm sales statistics. These stats show that we are currently experiencing record sales within the firearms industry.

Florida/Supreme Court:…/breaking-u-s-supreme-court-…/

NICS Checks:

Record Firearms Sales:

TW 006 - Bill of Rights

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Ryan dives back into the basics of firearms law by explaining our Bill of Rights.

Most important, he explains how the Constitution does NOT give us any rights. Instead, we already have our rights and our Constitution protects our rights from government intrusion.

The various branches of the federal government are discussed. Ryan also talks about the Supreme Court to include their role, power, and how they hear cases.

He also talks about a new product from RocketCCW, the ability to give a CCW that works in over half the country as a gift:

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TW 005 - Firearms as Gifts

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It's the time of year where people start wanting firearms as gifts and, hopefully, people start thinking about giving firearms as gifts.

Contrary to what some believe, it is perfectly legal to purchase a firearm from a gun store/FFL as a gift for someone else.

But, there are a couple of important nuances to buying a firearm as a gift for someone else:

  1. You must actually be the one buying the firearm as a true gift. This means it is your money and you are not buying it to be reimbursed with money, services, or an item in exchange.
  2. You must not have any reason to believe that the recipient of the gift is a prohibited person and they are otherwise allowed to possess that firearm (age restrictions and state laws apply). To learn more about prohibited persons, check out episode #4.

The Form 4473 (the form you fill out to purchase a firearm from an FFL) asks if you are the actual purchaser. If the purchase is a bona fide gift, then you select "yes."

Once you've purchased the firearm, you can now gift it is you would any other firearm you already own.

If the person is a resident of your state, and your state doesn't have any laws about personal transfers, then you can just give the firearm to the recipient (you can even mail it in your own state).

If the person is a resident of another state, you MUST ship the item to an FFL in the recipient's state - the recipient then must go to the FFL and have the firearm transferred to them. If you know that this is your plan, you can just purchase the firearm from the FFL and have them ship it to the other FFL - there's no need to fill out the 4473 and transfer it to yourself if you don;t need to take possession of the firearm.

To learn more about this, check out this article: Firearms as Gifts

TW 004 - Prohibited Persons

Continuing with the basics of firearms laws, we dive into the definition of Prohibited Persons - those who can't possess firearms nor ammunition.

Ryan goes through the definition, explains some of the nuances of certain parts (it can get tricky) and uses it as an example to show how multiple parts of federal firearms laws were broken (in addition to murder) by the Texas church shooter and it did not stop him - therefore, more laws won't work.

Ryan introduces an important concept - there's a law that make is illegal for Prohibited Persons to possess firearms and ammunition and there's a separate law that makes it illegal for the average gun owner/non-Prohibited Persons to allow a Prohibited Person to possess firearms or ammunition.

Yes, the Prohibited Person will get in trouble if caught with a firearm or ammunition, but you can get into serious trouble too by allowing them access!

Here's an excerpt from RocketFFL's article on who may not legally possess firearms:

A “prohibited person” is anyone who [1]:

  • is a felon,
  • has been convicted of any crime punishable by more than a year in prison (whether or not they were ever sentenced to or served a day in prison),
  • is under indictment for any crime punishable by more than year in prison,
  • is a fugitive,
  • is an unlawful user of any controlled substance,
  • has been adjudicated as a mental defective,
  • has been committed to a mental institution,
  • is an illegal alien,
  • has a dishonorable discharge from the military,
  • has renounced their U.S. citizenship,
  • is the subject of a restraining order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or the child of an intimate partner, or
  • who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Complete show notes here!

TW 003 - Good Motivation Bad Judgment

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We start with a review of the basic legal definitions from the last episode then we apply them to real world scenarios. First, a primer on the definition of silencers (yes, silencers and not suppressors) and then we explore how products like the SilencerCo Maxim50 and the Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 Pistol were created with good motivation (creative practical application of firearm compliance/legal knowledge) but bad judgment (focusing only on federal law and marketing language that doesn't jive with the legal intent).

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This episode brought to you by RocketFFL, your best source for getting an FFL and becoming a gun dealer and RocketCCW, the best way to get qualified for a CCW online!


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  • Review of the basic firearm definitions
    • Title I vs Title II firearms
    • No such thing as "Class 3 Firearm"
  • 18 U.S. Code § 921(a)(24) The term “Firearm Silencer” or “Firearm Muffler” means any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for the use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, any part intended only for use in such assembly or fabrication.
    • ALL parts of a silencer are a silencer themselves!
  • SilencerCo Maxim50
    • Not a firearm nor a silencer under federal law
    • Still a firearm under some state laws!
  • Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 Pistol
    • Handgun definition requires intent to be fired with one hand
      • Intent (not use) of second hand makes it an NFA firearm! (AOW)
    • Advertised with intent to be used with two hands. Oops.

TW 002 - Firearm Definitions

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We're starting with the basics - federal firearm definitions.

What is a firearm, what isn't technically considered a firearm, and what makes a rifle, shotgun, and handgun unique?

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This episode brought to you by RocketFFL, your best source for getting an FFL and becoming a gun dealer!

Outline of this episode:

  • Laws vs. Regulations
    • Legislative and Executive branches
      • Agencies carry out laws with regulations and report to the Executive branch
  • Firearms Definitions
    • Title 18 of US Code (criminal law) - Gun Control Act (GCA) Firearms (standard firearms)
    • Title 26 of US Code (Internal Revenue Code) - National Firearm Act (NFA) Firearms
      • ATF used to be under Treasury


  • 18 U.S. Code § 921(a)(3) The term “firearm” means (A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device. Such term does not include an antique firearm.
    • 80% receiver is not a REAL term/measurement
  • 18 U.S. Code § 921(a)(16) The term “antique firearm” means—
    (A) any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; or
    (B) any replica of any firearm described in subparagraph (A) if such replica—
    (i) is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition, or
    (ii) uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States and which is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade; or
    (C) any muzzle loading rifle, muzzle loading shotgun, or muzzle loading pistol, which is designed to use black powder, or a black powder substitute, and which cannot use fixed ammunition. For purposes of this subparagraph, the term “antique firearm” shall not include any weapon which incorporates a firearm frame or receiver, any firearm which is converted into a muzzle loading weapon, or any muzzle loading weapon which can be readily converted to fire fixed ammunition by replacing the barrel, bolt, breechblock, or any combination thereof.


  • Rifle is a firearm with a rifled barrel designed and intended to be fired from the shoulder
  • Shotgun is a firearm with a smooth barrel designed and intended to be fired from the shoulder
  • Handgun is a firearm designed and intended to be fired with one hand


TW 001 - Voir Dire

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Former special operations (1/75) sniper, bestselling author, firearm industry executive and attorney Ryan Cleckner discussing all things guns, law and politics. Ryan's engaging demeanor and straight talk on complex topics will have you instantly hooked on this great podcast!