WASHINGTON (CN) – Fake explosives that look real, and inert explosives, such as grenades, may be mailed using Registered Mail only, if a proposed U.S. Postal Service rule is adopted.
The Postal Service drafted the rule due to the impact of shut downs at mail service centers when such items were mistakenly identified as live explosives.
Initially, the USPS had proposed a total ban on the mailing of inert and replica devices, but mailers objected to infringement of their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Other arguments against the total ban included that the Postal Service did not have the authority to do it, and that it was an unnecessary rule.
In addition to being sent via Registered Mail, the packages must be clearly marked to indicate that they contain replica or inert explosives. The packages also can only be accepted at postal retail counters.