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US Appeals Court: No Firearms On U.S. Postal Property At All. Sorry, Parking Lot!

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Last October, our now-absent writer Maureen explained a court case in which a man was trying to get the ok to carry his firearm on U.S. Post Office property. At the time, it looked like a small victory of parking lot carry (but not inside the building itself). But still, we knew it would be a long, drawn out process to see any results.

And the results are in.

On Friday by a 2-1 vote on Friday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled against the man, Tab Bonidy.

Circuit Judge David Ebel said the right to carry firearms does not apply to federal buildings such as post offices, and that while it was a “closer question” he would not second-guess the Postal Service’s extending the ban to its parking lots.

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“The security of the postal building itself is integrally related to the security of the parking lot adjacent to it,” Ebel wrote.

So if you’ve been operating under the assumption that keeping your firearm inside your vehicle… in the parking lot of a U.S. Post Office was legal, you’ll now have to reassess your daily routines.

Nothing to see here, really. It’s just another bogus ruling that only impacts us law-abiding citizens. Unless criminals are now following the law…

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • acatzr800

    Curious as to how this plays out in my town’s post office lot.. it’s in a plaza that’s shared with a pizza place, movie store, bank, etc.

    • bob_h

      Then the parking lot is not USPS property it is “community” property. The only place you cannot carry there is inside the Post Office. It’s been that way forever, this ruling does not change that.

  • KHSoldier(Ret)&Writer

    Concealed means concealed….just sayin’.

    • Jim Screws

      Yep.

  • Arthur Morse

    “Circuit Judge David Ebel said the right to carry firearms does not apply to federal buildings such as post offices, and that while it was a “closer question” he would not second-guess the Postal Service’s extending the ban to its parking lots.”

    Sorry judge, rights are applicable everywhere. That’s why they are called rights and not privileges.

    • damitajo1

      Um, you have to define the right. It doesn’t include the right to bear arms anytime, anyplace, any type. Even your buddy Scalia says so.

  • Ron Hatfield Jr

    In Smithfield,Va. there is a Post Office inside a True Value store.There’s a conundrum
    .

  • Michigan_REB

    The nay ones shooting up post offices are their own employees.

  • arrowshooter

    There is an earlier court decision saying that unless the particular state ceded jurisdiction to the US Government on that particular property, the State law overrides the Postal Service ban. Legal scholars out there with comments?

  • Massolo

    Well I think this will be a boon for the criminals, as now they’ll be more likely to rob you or car jack you in the parking lot. Great job appeals court. I guess protecting the people is not something “our” government is interested in.

  • Jim Screws

    I don’t carry inside a PO, however I will leave my weapons in my vehicle while I’m in the PO. This whole parking lot BS is BS. I will simply leave my weapon in my vehicle as I always do.

  • PavePusher

    “The security of the postal building…”

    Huh?! What fucking security? Where? Fucktarded judge is fucktarded.

  • Reptiles Rule The World

    Concealed carry is concealed carry.