However, the mailer is responsible for complying with
the Gun Control Act of 1968 as well as state and local
laws. You must require the mailer to establish proof
that the gun is unloaded at the time it is presented for
mailing. You must require the mailer to open the parcel
or provide in writing a statement that the gun is NOT
Short-barreled rifles and shotguns may not be
accepted in the mail. A short-barreled shotgun is one
that has one or more barrels that are less than 18 inches
in length. A short-barreled rifle is one that has a barrel
less than 16 inches in length. A rifle or shotgun is also
nonmailable if the overall length is less than 26 inches.
An antique firearm is any firearm manufactured in
or before 1898. This includes firearms with a
matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of
ignition system. Areplica of an antique firearm may be
mailed if it meets the following requirements:
It is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire
or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition.
It uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed
ammunition that is no longer manufactured in
the United States and is not readily available in
the ordinary channels of commercial trade.
An antique firearm may be mailed or received by
any authorized mailer if sent or received as a museum
Normally, because of quarantine regulations, all
packages mailed from military post offices overseas
may not contain the following articles if addressed for
delivery in the United States:
Plants or plant parts
Live animals, birds, or insects
Meats and animal and dairy products
Soil or sand
Souvenirs stuffed with straw
Animal trophies unless taxidermist finished
MAIL ADDRESSED TO APOs AND FPOs
Any time a parcel is presented for mailing, which
is addressed to an APO or FPO, be sure to check the
Conditions Applied to Mail Addressed to Military Post
Offices Overseas (obtained from the Postal Bulletin)
for any possible restrictions. Some APOs and FPOs
have weight and size limits that may be lower than
those allowed if mailed to the United States.
Also, even though some items may be acceptable
for mailing when addressed for delivery in the United
States, they may not be permitted in the country in
which the military post office is located. If you have
any doubts as to the mailability of an article, refer to the
DMM and also check with your supervisor or postal
officer. When a nonmailable article is discovered in
the mail, it should be withdrawn and referred to your
supervisor or postal officer.
Q3-25. If an article is suspected of being a letter
bomb, you should never throw it over the side
of the ship, put it in a bucket of water, or in a
desk drawer to confine possible damage.
Q3-26. Under what conditions may intoxicating
liquors be entered into the Military Postal
Q3-27. Under what special condition may powders
be entered into the U.S. Mail system?
Q3-28. Explain the procedures that must be followed
before battery-powered devices can be
Q3-29. For a firearm to qualify as an antique firearm,
it must have been manufactured in or before
Now turn to appendix 1 to check your answers.
Learning Objective: Identify the different
types of post office equipment.
The size of your post office will determine the type
of equipment required for your use. As a minimum,
you will have one or two types of scales, money order
imprinter (chapter 8), various types of forms, and
rubber stamps to mark articles for the services