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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 loaded. 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. Antique Firearms 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 piece. AGRICULTURE IMPORT REQUIREMENTS 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: Fruits Vegetables 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. (True/False) Q3-26.   Under   what   conditions   may   intoxicating liquors  be  entered  into  the  Military  Postal System? 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 mailed. Q3-29.   For a firearm to qualify as an antique firearm, it must have been manufactured in or before what year? Now turn to appendix 1 to check your answers. WINDOW EQUIPMENT 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 3-17

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