Gun Laws

Laws about firearms can be very different from place to place. Laws dictate who, when, where, and how a gun may be carried, or in what situations it may be fired. Violation of gun laws have serious consequences, so it is important to check and double check what your rights and responsibilities are.

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What is the federal commercial vehicle gun law?

Contrary to popular belief, the issue is actually not addressed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

However, each state has firearms laws that pertain to all vehicles (commercial or otherwise) that must be adhered to as you travel from state to state. In addition, Federal Law 18 USC 926(a) states (regarding all vehicles, commercial or otherwise) that you can transport a firearm in the your vehicle under certain considerations:

"Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console."

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What is the Commercial vehicle gun law in fl?

A gun is not allowed in a commercial vehicle. This is a federal law and does not differ from state to state.


ACTUALLY, the FMCSR does not address the issue of guns in commercial vehicles. The existence of a federal law prohibiting firearms in commercial vehicles.. if it exists, I have yet to find anyone whose been able to cite it, and I've found nothing in repeated searches of the FMCSR pertaining to firearms.

However, you still have the matter of what your company will and will not allow to deal with, as well as what your customers may or may not allow. In most cases, you'll find that your company, your customers, or both are going to have regulations in place disallowing you to have a firearm in your vehicle or on their property.


The only federal laws pertaining to the transportation of firearms and explosives across state lines (federal jurisdiction) only pertains to the US Mail in that it is illegal (gun control act of 1964) to transport firearms, explosives or hazardous materials through the mail. (this does not preclude parcel services like UPS or FedEx.). Commercial vehicles on a regular basis transport hazardous materials, explosives and firearms in every state in the union. Commercial drivers in the various states must obey the laws of the individual states through which they pass, otherwise.


Actually, you CAN ship an unloaded rifle via the USPS. Handguns, however, are prohibited from being shipped in this manner.

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Which state has the most liberal gun laws?

Arizona, Missouri, Wyoming, Alaska, Utah, and a few others. The four listed are possibly the least restrictive, in my opinion; there may be more.

While Texas has liberal gun laws, there are more restrictions to firearms (in particular, how they are carried) than some other states.

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Are silencers legal in PA both rifle and handgun?

Yes, provided you have complied with the FEDERAL law regarding suppressors. This is governed by 18 PA.C.S.§ 908.

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How do you find out if you are a beneficiary of a life insurance policy?

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has a "Life Insurance Company Location System" to help you find state insurance department personnel who might help identify companies that might have written life insurance on the deceased. NAIC's Life Insurance Company Location System - five questions, using your best guess if necessary, then click on the 'Create Suggested Contacts' link to view a list of State Insurance Departments that may be able to assist you with your search. - (

Here's an authoritive article on this subject

I used this service and got results in seven days: for $75.00

Have the owner or insured contact the company and ask.

Simply contact the insurance company and ask for the claims department. Explain to them the situation and they can tell you who the beneficiary is. They will be happy to settle a claim for you in most cases! You may also want to check and see if there is an agent listed as a contact within the paperwork you have and start there. Good luck!

Life insurance is a private transaction, the only people who need to know this information are the owner of the policy, the life insurance company, and the executor of the estate (if deceased).

The best way to find out is to ask the owner of the policy. If the life insurance company tells you, they are violating part of the trust the owner has in them. In fact, even if the insured/owner is recently deceased, companies should not confirm the beneficiary until after they receive a death certificate because any stranger could call up and ask.

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When did James Madison write the second amendment?

yes James Madison wrote the 10 amendments

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Why is gun control dangerous?

Gun control is dangerous because prohibiting gun ownership prevents law-abiding citizens from carrying weapons, therefore leaving them unable to protect themselves.

You see, it's not the law-abiding citizens who are the problem. Criminals who commit violent crimes acquire their weapons illegally, which means they don't have to worry about any sort of waiting period, or whether they're even old enough to have one.

Criminals are going to break the law. Why would we expect them to suddenly deviate from their law-breaking to obey a gun law? That's silly. In a report by John Stossel for 20/20, hardened criminals revealed that gun control laws are irrelevant to them, since they get their weapons from illegal sources. In fact, they said they preferred to rob someone who they knew was NOT carrying a weapon.

Studies by the Department of Justice, among other entities, have revealed that states and municipalities that have enacted tough gun laws not only see no decrease in violence, but violent crimes actually increase after stricter gun laws are enacted (e.g. Washington DC, et al). This is because fewer law abiding citizens are allowed to defend their homes, property, and lives.

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws only make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assassins; they serve to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson

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Why did the founding fathers include the Second Amendment?

Because they believed that an armed populace, organized into a well regulated militia, was a good way to defend the country without a large professional army and that it would give the people the ability to defend their liberties if the government ever became tyrannical. Look at modern Switzerland. That is the kind of model that our founders were thinking of.

Michael Montagne

I figure it is partly due to the fact that British forces marched into Lexington and Concord with the intent to seize the militia's arms. This imprinted into the American mind a direct relationship between firearms and freedom.

It is'NT even conjectural as many made coment on it. Not for self protection, not for hunting, not even to protect from foreign invaders. Simply that the people, the militia, be able to wrest power from a government, overtly or insideously, removing power form the people. Every political figure knows that to impose the governments will on the people you must disarm them. Our second amendment has been broken already with the 1934 nfa and all subsequent gun control. They are convincing the sheeple of Amereica that they need protecting from themselves. Don't let it happen.

The Second Amendment allowed for state militias on the cheep, by using citizens arms. It also was a counter balance to the power of the federal government. But the Second Amendment has been an anachronism for over 150 years. State Militias , now known as the National Guard, issue arms to its members. In addition, the most significant arms in the modern military include fighter jets, misiles, artillery, heavy weapons and such, not the kind of things most parents want floating around the neighbor. To allow anyone to own such arms by right is completely uncivilized and not the kind of world most sane people would want to raise a family in.

The 2nd Amendment was intended as a final check of government authority

The militia interpetaion...that some how the National Guard constitutes a "well regulated militia" is ridiculous...any force who ultimately is completely controlled by the regular federal armed forces is in no way securing the right of the people to keep and bear arms...even if the governor can call on them to help with hurricane still in no way means that they are the kind of militia that the Founders had in mind

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." - Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -Thomas Jefferson

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of The United States reads as follows:

'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' The capitalisation and punctuation are as the original version passed by Congress

Now the issue here it seems is largely what is meant by 'Militia' but before I address that consider this. When the amendments were written and passed by congress they and the constitution they amended were intended to be read in conjunction with and to provide the means to defend both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

The drafters of the Declaration of Independence had experience of the use of a standing army to oppress the people.

A standing army is a tool of government and can be used by a government to enforce its rule in defiance of the wishes of the people.

A standing army tends to be distanced from the people and its members are often not from the locality in which they are stationed. They do not have much of a connection with the locals making their use against the local population much easier.

The drafters of the second amendment were fully aware of this. They had seen standing armies in Europe used against their own people when those people objected to government oppression or indifference.

Their intention was that there would be no standing army in their new country to prevent a future government using such an army against its own people.

The defence of the country was to be carried out by the armed citizens who would form a Militia as and when needed for that purpose. And should a government become oppressive to the people, to provide the means for the people to remove the government and replace it.

So despite arguments to the contrary from some. The term 'Militia' does not mean the National Guard nor does it mean the regular military forces which are under the direct control of the federal government.

The meaning of 'Militia' intended by the drafters of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of The United States, and The Bill of Rights, of which the Second Amendment is a part is, literally, THE PEOPLE. The individuals who make up the population of the United States.

When the Second Amendment is read, as it should be read, in conjunction with the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of The United States. The meaning of the word 'Militia' intended by the founders of the United States is clear and unambiguous.

Brian Thwaites LL.B (Hons)

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Are BB guns illegal in naperville?


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Can you shoot a thief?

In the U.S. the general answer is no. In some places, such as Texas, there are certain circumstances under which you are legally entitled to shoot someone that is stealing something, but in most of the U.S. you can only shoot another person if the person poses an imminent threat to your life or the life of an innocent third party.

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Should gun laws be changed in light of what happened at Virginia Tech?

Changing Gun Laws Not the SolutionWhile what happened at Virginia Tech was horrible, changing the gun laws is not the answer. I know you have heard this before, but it was not the gun that was responsible for killing those innocent people! The killer was a man who had serious psychological problems, and had shown evidence of those problems before killing anyone.

A better answer would be to find a way to require people who exhibit SERIOUS psychological problems to get help before they kill others. However, that would have far-reaching implications that people would not accept, and I'm not sure people should accept them.

The best solution would be to examine history. What has changed in the course of the last 50 years or so that is leading people to use guns to massacre others?

When my dad was in high school, his principal would joke with him about having his gun in his car and visa versa. Both were avid hunters and neither would even have considered using their guns to kill another person. Less than 40 years ago, when I was in high school, it was not uncommon to see gun racks in the back of boy's pick-ups with guns in them in the school parking lot. No one thought anything about it. Today, children can get in trouble for taking what? Kitchen knives, nail files, anything that could remotely be used for a weapon? to school. Virgina Tech still happened, so did Columbine and others.

Fifty years ago, children were taught to take responsibility for their actions, self-control, respect for others, etc. Today, children are taught that if they do something wrong, do not control their actions, etc. they have a disease and it's not their fault, or they're taught it's the other person's fault. An example was when a boy called another boy's mother a name at school and boy #2 punched boy #1. I intervened, of course, and boy #2 was adamant that it was the other boy's fault. I never did get through to that boy that he was responsible for taking his own hand and punching the other boy. That was ten years ago. Earlier in history, children were under no illusions about whose fault it was if they took their hands and hit someone. Why the change?

Fifty years ago, if you did something that you shouldn't, you would be punished and that punishment might be a spanking. My worst one is when I lied and dad took me out behind the shed. Today, people think spanking leads to violent individuals. Think about it. If that is true, shouldn't the massacres have happened back then, not today?

Many other changes have occurred, but I'm sure noone wants to read a book about societal changes that are the root causes of massacres like Virginia Tech, at least not here on WikiAnswers.

No, changing the gun laws is not the answer. Changing the root causes of people killing others in mass is the answer!


. . er, wasn't it about guns rather than spanking? . . :). Let's call them what they really are. The laws need changing so that fewer people have access to people-killing machines.

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Does George Soros now control gun manufacturing in the US?

No. Firearms manufacturing is performed by multiple competing companies that are publicly traded stock companies. No one person controls all- or even most of them.

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Are semi auto rifles ok for varmint in pa?


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Do you need a gun permit to buy a shotgun in NC?

No you don't need a permit to buy a shotgun. You have to be 18, be a resident of North Carolina, and have a valid driver's license or photo id to show.

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Can a BB Gun be carried for self defense?

No, it cannot. BB guns are ineffective for self-defense.

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Who wrote the second amendment?

James Madison wrote the actual amendment in response to states concern over a federal military coup. He also wrote the Federalist Papers.

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What are the Federalist Papers and why are they important to the issue of the second Amendment?

The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 essays published in late 1777 and early 1778 by John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, all using the pseudonym Publius, explaining, expounding and seeking to persuade New York to ratify, the Constitution. To my knowledge they have nothing whatsoever to do with the 2nd amendment because that was written by the first congress, after ratification, in 1789.

Additional Information:

The 2nd amendment has a infamous words "A well regulated Militia" which many of the left wing gun control activist interpret to mean the military or national guard, the federalist papers explain what the found fathers, authors of the 2nd amendment, considered a "Militia" that being "all able bodied men" not a government power or agency. The Concerns layout out in the Federalist papers show that the 2nd amendment was including as the last line of defense against a over powered central government, ensuring the freedom of the people was never taken away.

So the federalist papers do play a fairly big role in understanding the 2nd amendment

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What is the translation of the second amendment of the British bill of rights?

The Bill of Rights of 1689, passed by the British Parliament in that year, does NOT have amendments (and, frankly, needs no translation or interpretation, as it is quite straightforward).

Perhaps the questioner was instead thinking of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution (part of the first 10 amendments commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights) ???

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Is it illegal to shoot doves out of season with a BB gun?

Yes. Shooting birds with a BB gun is nearly always considered animal cruelty. Shooting birds that are hunted for sport, out of season, is poaching.

it is illegal to shoot doves out of season, no matter the gun

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What year was the daisy 105b bb gun made I just got a good one?

Daisy made a couple of versions of the 105.

Model 105 Junior 1932-1934

Model 105 Ranger 1932- 1934

Model 105 Buck Current version

Model 105 Cub 1979-1990

Texas Law
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How do you replace a lost gun permit?

it depends on what state. Here in Tennessee, you simply go to the driver license testing center and tell them you want to apply for a duplicate permit. It costs $5 and you receive it in the mail a few weeks later.

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What does the second amendment allow you to do?

Bear arms (meaning own and carry firearms, legally).

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Where are BB guns legal in Orange County?

If you can walk into Walmart, Big 5 or any sporting goods store in ORANGE County and purchase one then they are legal. Otherwise the store can not sell them.

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Do you need a gun permit to have a gun in your house?

The 2nd amendment to the Constitution grants everyone the right to bear arms (have a gun) for their personal protection, as well as the protection of your family, and your property. You do not need a gun permit to have a gun in your own house. Your gun does not have to be registered with the government either.

Actually, registration depends on where you are. There is no national registration, but a few individual states require it. CA, MA, IL, and IIRC, NY and NJ, and possibly a few others.

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Can you mail firearms using the US Mail?

The information below is correct. To give you the short answer, UNLOADED rifles and shotguns MAY be mailed in the US Mail, handguns may NOT be mailed except by licensed dealers and manufacturers. See the USPO Domestic Mail manual, under Restricted Mailings. TRANSFER of ownership of a firearm across a State line must comply with Federal law- in most cases, meaning it will need to be sent TO a Federal Fireams Licensee (dealer) in the home state of the recipient.


While some firearms can be mailed through the USPS, FedEx and UPS have fewer restrictions. My preferred method of shipping is via FedEx because they have given me the least amount of hassle when I ship guns. If a shipper tells you that you can't ship a firearm, ask them to show you the rule or regulation because many shipping company employees will assume that it is not allowed without actually checking their rule books. USPS does not allow anyone to ship ammunition. UPS and FedEx don't allow ammunition to be shipped in the same package as a firearm.

The relevant part of USPS Mailability states the following: "Pistols, Revolvers, and Other Concealable Firearms 11.1.1 Definitions The terms used in this standard are defined as follows:

a. Handgun means any pistol, revolver, or other firearm or device the mailing of which is regulated by this standard. b. Pistol or revolver means a handgun styled to be fired by the use of a single hand and to fire or otherwise expel a projectile by the action of an explosion, spring, or other mechanical action, or air or gas pressure with enough force to be used as a weapon. c. Firearm means any device, including a starter gun, designed to, or that may readily be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosion, spring, or other mechanical action, or air or gas pressure with enough force to be used as a weapon. d. Other firearms capable of being concealed on the person include, but are not limited to, short-barreled shotguns and short-barreled rifles. e. Short-barreled shotgun means a shotgun that has one or more barrels less than 18 inches long. The term short-barreled rifle means a rifle that has one or more barrels less than 16 inches long. These definitions include any weapon made from a shotgun or rifle, whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise, if such weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches. A short-barreled shotgun or rifle of greater dimension may be regarded as nonmailable when it has characteristics to allow concealment on the person. f. Licensed manufacturer and licensed dealer mean, respectively, a manufacturer of firearms or a bona fide dealer of firearms, duly licensed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of the Department of the Treasury, under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-618), 18 USC 921, et seq. g. Antique firearm means any firearm (including those with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898, or any replica thereof, if such replica: 1. Is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition. 2. Uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition that is no longer manufactured in the United States and that is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade. 11.1.2 Handguns Pistols, revolvers, and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person (referred to as handguns) are nonmailable unless mailed between the parties listed in 11.1.3 and 11.1.5 after the filing of an affidavit or statement required by 11.1.4 and 11.1.6.

11.1.3 Authorized Persons Subject to 11.1.4, handguns may be mailed by a licensed manufacturer of firearms, a licensed dealer of firearms, or an authorized agent of the federal government or the government of a state, territory, or district, only when addressed to a person in one of the following categories for use in the person's official duties:

a. Officers of the Army, Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Organized Reserve Corps. b. Officers of the National Guard or militia of a state, territory, or district. c. Officers of the United States or of a state, territory, or district, whose official duty is to serve warrants of arrest or commitment. d. USPS employees authorized by the Chief Postal Inspector. e. Officers and employees of enforcement agencies of the United States. f. Watchmen engaged in guarding the property of the United States, a state, territory, or district. g. Purchasing agent or other designated member of agencies employing officers and employees included in 11.1.3c. through 11.1.3e. 11.1.4 Affidavit of Addressee Any person proposing to mail a handgun under 11.1.3 must file with the postmaster, at the time of mailing, an affidavit signed by the addressee setting forth that the addressee is qualified to receive the firearm under a particular category of 11.1.3a. through 11.1.3g, and that the firearm is intended for the addressee's official use. The affidavit must also bear a certificate stating that the firearm is for the official duty use of the addressee, signed by one of the following, as appropriate:

a. For officers of Armed Forces, by the commanding officer. b. For officers and employees of enforcement agencies, by the head of the agency employing the addressee to perform the official duty with which the firearm is to be used. c. For watchmen, by the chief clerk of the department, bureau, or independent branch of the government of the United States, the state, the territory, or the district by which the watchman is employed. d. For the purchasing agent or other designated member of enforcement agencies, by the head of such agency, that the firearm is to be used by an officer or employee included in 11.1.3c. through 11.1.3e, Authorized Persons. 11.1.5 Manufacturers and Dealers Handguns may also be mailed between licensed manufacturers of firearms and licensed dealers of firearms in customary trade shipments, or for repairing or replacing parts.

11.1.6 Certificate of Manufacturers and Dealers A licensed manufacturer or dealer need not file the affidavit under 11.1.4, but must file with the postmaster a statement on Form 1508 signed by the mailer that he or she is a licensed manufacturer or dealer of firearms, that the parcels containing handguns (or major component parts thereof) are customary trade shipments or contain such articles for repairing or replacing parts, and that to the best of his or her knowledge or belief the addressees are licensed manufacturers or dealers of firearms.

11.1.7 FBI Crime Detection Bureaus Handguns may be mailed without regard to 11.1.3 through 11.1.6 if:

a. Addressed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or its director, or to the scientific laboratory or crime detection bureau of any agency whose members are federal law enforcement officers or officers of a state, territory, or district authorized to serve warrants of arrest or commitment; or b. Offered by an authorized agent of the federal government as an official shipment to any qualified addressee in categories 11.1.3a. through 11.1.3g, or to a licensed manufacturer or dealer of firearms or to a federal agency. 11.2 Antique Firearms Antique firearms sent as curios or museum pieces may be accepted for mailing without regard to 11.1.3 through 11.1.6.

11.3 Rifles and Shotguns Although unloaded rifles and shotguns not precluded by 11.1.1e and 11.1.2 are mailable, mailers must comply with the Gun Control Act of 1968, Public Law 90-618, 18 USC 921, et seq., and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, 27 CFR 178, as well as state and local laws. The mailer may be required by the USPS to establish, by opening the parcel or by written certification, that the gun is unloaded and not precluded by 11.1.1e.

11.4 Legal Opinions on Mailing Firearms Postmasters are not authorized to give opinions on the legality of any shipment of rifles or shotguns. Contact the nearest office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for further advice.

11.5 Knives and Sharp Instruments 11.5.1 Mailability Knives (including sharp-pointed instruments such as stilettos that lack cutting edges) with a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle, or by operations of inertia, gravity, or both, or with a detachable blade propelled by a spring-operated mechanism, are mailable only when sent to:

a. The respective government's or organization's designated supply or procurement officers and employees ordering, procuring, or buying such knives for use with the activities of the federal government; the National Guard, the Air National Guard, or the militia of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia; or the municipal government of the District of Columbia or of the government of any state or territory, or of any county, city, or other political subdivision of a state or territory. b. Manufacturers of such knives, or bona fide dealers of such knives, in connection with a shipment made under an order from any person designated in 11.5.1a. 11.5.2 Addressee Identification Before delivering a shipment (or parcel) that contains an article or articles described in 11.5.1, a USPS employee may require that the recipient identify himself or herself as in one of the categories in 11.5.1a.

11.5.3 Wrapping Sharp-pointed or sharp-edged instruments such as knives, tools, ice picks, and razor blades, that are otherwise mailable, must be wrapped to protect their points and edges from cutting through the outer carton in which they are mailed.

11.6 Prohibited Parcel Marking For any parcel containing a firearm or a ballistic or switchblade knife, any marking that indicates the contents is not permitted on the outside wrapper or container."


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