If you’ve ever walked into a post office while carrying your firearm, then you’ve broken the law. Up until a few months ago, even if you drove into the parking lot with your firearm, you were also breaking the law.
Update: It seems that the case referenced in the link above only applies to a certain Post Office. Referencing numerous news articles (below), it sounds as though it covers the entire Country, but this does not seem to be the case. Who knows, really. It’s meant to be as confusing as possible.
I know, it’s stupid. I didn’t write the law.
The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 39, Conduct on Postal Property lists the following:
(l) Weapons and explosives. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, rule or regulation, no person while on postal property may carry firearms, other dangerous or deadly weapons, or explosives, either openly or concealed, or store the same on postal property, except for official purposes.
However, there are many people out there that believe it to be legal for them to bring their firearms inside the post office. And some do every day.
Just to tear this law apart a little bit, the US Postal Service has no problem collecting money from you if you’d like to ship a firearm, whether it’s a long gun or a handgun. There seems to be a… well, I don’t really know what there seems to be as far as the law goes. But, if you are a dealer and want to ship a gun via US Postal Service, you are able to do so.
I went to my local Post Office to see what the procedure was, and they were very accommodating. The interesting part was that they required a copy of my Federal Firearms License in order to accept packages from me that contained firearms. At this point, they know that I’m legally able to ship this firearm. But, why is this any different from having my concealed carry permit? I have already demonstrated to the state that I am of good moral character to receive my permit and carry a firearm.
I should be able to carry while inside the Post Office. It’s an absurd law.
This rant is now over (but is probably To Be Continued…)