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   No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon private premises which are inhabited, except by handing or transmitting any such handbill directly to the owner, occupant or other person then present in or upon such private premises.  In case of inhabited private premises which are not posted, as provided in this chapter, such person, unless requested by anyone upon such premises not to do so, may place or deposit any such handbill in or upon such inhabited private premises, if such handbill is so placed or deposited as to secure or prevent such handbill from being blown or drifted about such premises or sidewalks, streets or other public places and except that mailboxes may not be so used when so prohibited by federal postal law or regulations.
   (a)   Exemption for mail and newspapers.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to the distribution of mail by the United States, nor to newspapers (as defined herein) except, that newspapers shall be placed on private property in such manner as to prevent their being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or upon private property.  (Ord. 10371)