Moving your guns and gun safe may seem like a daunting and even dangerous task. It definitely requires a few special considerations. As long as you keep those considerations in mind, however, you won’t have anything to worry about. Just focus on your own safety and the safety of those around you. If you handle it correctly, moving your guns and safe doesn’t have to be a huge deal.
Before we go any further, familiarize yourself with local, state, and federal laws on transporting firearms and ammo. Know your local area’s laws? Good! This guide will help you figure out how to safely move your gun safe and firearms. As a general rule, movers can legally transport firearms in their trucks, but not ammo. Some moving companies choose not to transport firearms despite this, however. Make sure you check before signing any contracts.
After you’ve done your research, you’re ready to get started. Here’s what you should do, step by step:
Empty the safe.
You can't move a gun safe with the guns still inside. Not only will the guns make the safe heavier, but moving the safe could jostle and damage the guns. Before you start moving the safe, you have to take all the guns and ammo out of it. Double and triple-check to make sure the guns aren’t loaded, and keep the safeties on. The main focus of this entire process is safety, so proceed through every step with the utmost care.
Write down the make, model, and serial number for each of your guns. Store this document separately from the guns themselves. Hold onto it case anything happens. A moving company can’t carry ammo, so you’ll have to take it in your own transportation. Lock it away completely separately from the guns themselves. Use a portable fire safe to keep it secure.
Pack up your guns.
After removing your guns, put them into a hard-shelled, padded gun cases for transport. Examples of good cases be found here and here. If you don't have one of these, wrap each individual gun in soft packing material. You can use bubble wrap, foam, or anything that will keep the gun secure without damaging it.
If you are moving the guns yourself, you need to store them in a locked compartment within your vehicle, such as the trunk. If you are hiring a moving company, do not seal the box before they can verify what's inside. Once you watch them seal it and put it on the truck, your firearms will be their legal responsibility.
Now it’s time to move the safe itself.
If you're hiring a professional moving company, this step is easy. Gun cases can weigh over a thousand pounds, but moving companies have experience carrying heavy things. If you're going to be doing it yourself, however, you're going to need friends to help. First, wrap the safe in moving blankets and secure those with duct tape.
Next you have two options for getting it where it needs to go:
- If you have a dolly or similar moving device, this is your best bet. “Walk” the gun onto the dolly with the help of your friends. Then, tilt the dolly and push it to your transport like you would any other large item.
- If you don’t have a dolly, you’ll have to get creative. If the path isn’t too complicated, you can create a makeshift device to “roll” it out using plywood and pipes. By setting the plywood on the pipes and lowering the safe onto it, you can roll it forward. Every time you roll past one of the pipes, someone will have to move it to the front. By repeating this motion, you can successfully roll the entire rig outside. Be careful lifting something so heavy up into your transportation!
We recommend the help of at least six to eight able-bodied individuals to help moving a typical gun safe. Once you have the safe inside the transportation, all you have to do is head to your destination. When you arrive, repeat the process in reverse to get everything back where it needs to go.
Moving is never easy, whether you’re handling firearms are not. Something always comes up, and it’s almost never what you expect That’s why Storage Direct prides itself on helping you navigate the world of moving, storage, and organization. Whether you need a place to keep stuff while you’re moving or you need a long-term solution, we can help.