Pistols, revolvers, and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person are nonmailable and shall not be deposited in or carried by the mails or delivered by any officer or employee of the Postal Service. Such articles may be conveyed in the mails, under such regulations as the Postal Service shall prescribe, for use in connection with their official duty, to officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Space Force, or Organized Reserve Corps; to officers of the National Guard or Militia of a State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District; to officers of the United States or of a State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District whose official duty is to serve warrants of arrest or commitments; to employees of the Postal Service; to officers and employees of enforcement agencies of the United States; and to watchmen engaged in guarding the property of the United States, a State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District. Such articles also may be conveyed in the mails to manufacturers of firearms or bona fide dealers therein in customary trade shipments, including such articles for repairs or replacement of parts, from one to the other, under such regulations as the Postal Service shall prescribe.
Whoever knowingly deposits for mailing or delivery, or knowingly causes to be delivered by mail according to the direction thereon, or at any place to which it is directed to be delivered by the person to whom it is addressed, any pistol, revolver, or firearm declared nonmailable by this section, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
[June 25, 1948, ch. 645], [62 Stat. 781]; [May 24, 1949, ch. 139, § 40], [63 Stat. 95]; [Pub. L. 91–375, § 6(j)(24)], Aug. 12, 1970, [84 Stat. 779]; [Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H)], Sept. 13, 1994, [108 Stat. 2147]; [Pub. L. 104–294, title VI, § 607(f)], Oct. 11, 1996, [110 Stat. 3511]; [Pub. L. 116–283, div. A, title IX, § 927(c)], Jan. 1, 2021, [134 Stat. 3831].)