Bringing firearms back to the US...not a standard importation.
So here is the deal, please bear with me on this as I am new to this group.
If there is info on this specific issue please feel free to direct me to the appropriate thread.
I am a US and New Zealand citizen who has been here in NZ for the last year living with my family and reconnecting after being in the US for 20 years. New Zealand has some pretty liberal gun laws here which, quite frankly, is a breath of fresh air when considering places like the UK and Australia.
I came down here after living in CA for 16 years and not knowing how long I was going to be here I decided to go ahead and bring some firearms with me. When I flew out of SFO on my way here I brough with me 1 Remington 870 express, 1 SA M1A Scout and 1 Sig P220. I tried to research what I needed to do when I left as they were to be used for hunting and sport shooting. The best info I got, well I thought it was good, was to declare these firearms at the airport and then customs would identify them and record that I was taking them. This didn't actually happen and now that I am coming home I can't find any info on the web to direct me to anyone who knows how it's done. I've called the ATF and they told me to call US Customs. They in turn told me to call the ATF.
Now I went through a similar mess of unwillingness to help me when several local agencies refused to take down a report of a lost firearm a few years ago. This has left me scrambling as I am due to leave NZ in 3 weeks and the prospect of selling my firearms is not one that I really want to do.
The Scout and the P220 were both bought in CA and the 870 was purchased in OR.
So the question is do a risk getting on the plane with these 3 firearms or do I leave them here to avoid a massive amount red tape and paperwork when I arrive in CA? I am a legal resident of CA and to my knowledge the two that were purchased in CA should be registered with Cal DOJ.
Any and I mean any help would be most welcome.