Importing Firearms from India?
My day job requires that I travel to and spend a good deal of time in Delhi, India. While here, there are two things that I have thought about importing back to the states. The first item, is one of the older model Royal Enfield motorcycles (see here). The second item is a firearm. Since I'm much more comfortable with motorcycles, I need some advice on the firearms.
- Is there a specific Indian make/model pistol that I should try to find and possible import back to the states?
- Is there a specific non-Indian make/model pistol, that might be used in India, that I should try to find and possible import back to the states?
- Assuming that I can manage the "Indian" specific issues of acquiring the gun, how do I handle getting the gun into the states?
- Do I ship it back via FedEx?
- Do I properly pack and transport it myself?
- What do I need to do to register the gun?
Thanks in advance,
You will likely find the import red tape daunting. You need to find a dealer with experience importing. The pistol will have to meet ATF import criteria under GCA '68.
Unless it's a collector-grade piece, it's probably not worth it.
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Are there collector items in India?
Thanks Mike. I guess that drives the question, is there anything worthy of collecting from India?
Yes they made some very nice Black Power rifles, The workmanship, designs, and decorations make them worth while collector items. I have a friend in a town not far from where I live that has about 10 different rifles from India, many more from the near east and North Africa. They are beautiful guns.
I spent some time in India--good call on the Enfields! However, the only thing I ended up bringing back to the US was a solid month of putrid breath and a few parasites. Oh, and a nicely crafted ashtray from Pondicherry.
+1 not worth the hassle.
Originally Posted by Mike Barham
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