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Can You Send a Paintball Gun in the Mail?

Posted on March 22 2022

Shipping paintball guns in the mail can be a questionable thing to do if you are unfamiliar.  The first question that needs to be answered with this is whether or not paintball guns are considered firearms.  Since handguns are not mailable and long guns require special packing and services, paintball guns have been distinguished as separate.  According to the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives), a paintball gun is not considered a firearm because it uses air to propel a projectile instead of a bullet by an explosive reaction.  However, California has ruled paintball guns as "imitation firearms" which may impose certain restrictions.  

With this, paintball guns are completely legal and safe to ship in the USPS mail in the domestic United States.  According to USPS policies:

"c. Air guns that do not fall within the definition of firearm under 12.1.1a that are capable of being concealed on a person are mailable; but must include adult signa­ture service under 503.8.0. Mailers must comply with all applicable state and local regulations."

Although it is completely legal, one recommendation that we do suggest is that you do not use the word "gun" to describe your paintball gun.  Instead, using paintball "marker" may sound less aggressive and is also an accurate term for the item.  This can avoid the potential of any issues with USPS employees who may be unfamiliar with this exact code and make it difficult for your shipment to be shipped. 

Shipping paintball guns internationally is very much a different story as their are different requirements depending upon the country it is received in.  For example, Australia has very strict gun laws, even for paintball guns, and you need to be sure on how to label and define the contents of your package on your customs form.  

Packaging your paintball marker is also very important.  Use a paintball marker case if possible for maximum protection as well as limited exposure for anyone to potentially see the contents of your shipment during shipping.  If you are not fortunate enough to have a paintball marker case, you can keep metal parts from coming in to direct contact with each other by using bubble wrap and/or paper towel to properly package your paintball gun and paintball barrel.  

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