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Man’s Loaded Gun Found In Post Office, Will Not Face Charges Because Of Improper Signage


WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS — A concealed carrier won’t face charges after leaving his 9mm handgun in a post office in Woodstock.  Normally, the post office is considered a federal building and is thus off-limits for concealed carriers.  However, charges won’t be filed because that post office didn’t have the proper signage present to inform the concealed carrier of that stipulation.  We’ll say it outright: that’s not the outcome we would have expected.

In most cases, when you knowingly bring a firearm into a federal building such as a prison, courthouse, or post office, you’re charged at a federal level for that infraction.  That’s a level of heartache and woe that I wouldn’t wish on any concealed carrier.

Also, how do you go about losing your concealed carry handgun in a post office in the first place?

We didn’t like the answers to this.

via the Woodstock Independent

“The man keeps the gun in a zippered jacket with deep pockets and thought he heard a thud while he was in the post office, but didn’t notice he’d dropped the gun,” Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen said.


Another customer apparently found the Springfield Armory XDS on the ground of the post office where just about anyone could have had access to it.  According to the police chief, the pistol was in Condition 3 when it was recovered.

So, to review:

  • Pocket carry
  • Leaving behind a loaded pistol
  • Federal building
  • Condition 3

This guy is an idiot.  What’s this guy going to do in an actual emergency?  Fumble his pistol out of his pocket?  Magically rack a round into the chamber?  This guy doesn’t strike me as the type to pay attention to a situation long enough to react let alone act responsibly.

Well, apparently in addition to being a horrible example with a concealed carry permit, he’s also incredibly lucky.  The police chief decided not to press charges against him because the signage around the post office did not indicate the building was a “gun free zone”.  Although, when you think about it, the inordinate amount of training and classroom work you have to do in the State of Illinois in order to get your concealed carry permit — how would you not know that’s not an acceptable practice?!

And it’s really not the post office part that annoys me about this case.  It’s the fact that this guy dropped his gun out of his pocket and was too stupid to realize a firearm was missing.

Thankfully, it seems like the chief of police in Woodstock is a pretty nice guy.  He’s not looking to crank the vice down on otherwise law-abiding concealed carriers.  It’s just so unfortunate that this is the image we have to be presented with.  It’s straight up irresponsible.

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GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun…

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 36 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his CZ-75D PCR in an Alien Gear MOD holster.

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  • justmy2pennies2012

    The guy seems pretty irresponsible. Perhaps a suspension and more training

  • David

    I’m new to the chcl Community but I know whether or not there is signage I can’t carry into the post office. Ido have one question though. What is “condition 3?”

  • Stan Robertson

    Condition 3: Chamber empty, full magazine in place, hammer down.

  • Rodney Campbell

    I still want to know how a post office is considered a federal building even though they claim they are a private business?


      The building and parking lot are government property. They are not a private business, they claim to be self supporting and not using tax money. That was true till lately when they started running big deficits.

    • Michelle Kount

      Cmon Rodney. Federal law says no guns at a post office. LAW! I’m a USPS employee and yes, I am a federal employee.


    I don;t even like the idea of women carrying a weapon in their purse. So many of them set them down and forget about them. You should have a secure holster on your person and that way you have complete control of the weapon.

  • Ice Dog

    Recent court case. No firearms allowed on property. Not just building

  • Michelle Kount

    We should all have dumb luck. Though, this is unbelievable luck for such an imbecile move. It makes all CCL holders look bad in the eyes of the haters.