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Mailing certain items is restricted or outright illegal in Texas. These restrictions are in place for safety, legal, and regulatory reasons. While the list of illegal items to mail can vary slightly depending on context and updates to regulations, here is a specific list of items commonly prohibited or restricted:

  1. Ammunition, Explosives, and Fireworks

    Sending ammunition, explosives, and fireworks through the mail is illegal due to their dangerous nature.

  2. Air Bags

    Airbags can deploy and are considered hazardous material.

  3. Alcohol

    Mailing alcohol is prohibited under USPS regulations due to state and federal laws regarding its distribution.

  4. Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco

    There are strict federal laws and regulations regarding the mailing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

  5. Controlled Substances

    This includes illegal drugs and prescription medications without proper documentation and adherence to specific mailing guidelines.

  6. Firearms

    Firearms can only be mailed under very specific conditions and generally require the sender to be a licensed dealer or manufacturer.

  7. Flammable Items

    This includes matches, lighter fluid, and certain types of batteries. Restrictions are based on the potential fire hazard.

  8. Hazardous Materials

    This broad category includes chemicals, poisons, and certain types of paints and batteries.

  9. Perishable Foods

    While not illegal, mailing perishable foods requires adherence to specific guidelines to ensure they do not spoil during transit.

  10. Plants and Seeds

    Restrictions on mailing plants and seeds are often due to agricultural regulations to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

  11. Sharp Objects

    :harp objects that are not properly packaged are restricted due to the risk they pose to postal workers and recipients.

  12. Lottery Tickets

    There are federal and state laws regulating the distribution and sale of lottery tickets, including restrictions on mailing.

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