Do you carry in a post office?

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    Do you carry in a post office?

    I am hardly an expert, but from what I can gather, it is illegal to carry inside a post office. Traditionally, when going to a post office, you are in, do your business and out. Probably 5-15 minutes. Do you carry while in a post office?

    As a side note, I have a post office box in a "decent" area of town. Access to the boxes are 24 hours. Sometimes I go late at night. Even before carrying, I was always cognizant of my surrounds. Usually I am the only one in there, but occasionally, others will be in there or arrive after I do. Having a gun would be nice.

    The poll however is for normal business hours.

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    I've given up on their "governmental" status. As usual, my carry technique is never discovered. I still don't think they are actually a branch of the federal government. If they were, under new Arizona laws, they would be required to supply secure storage for law abiding gun carriers to enter. Haven't seen one yet!

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    Every time, all the time, 6 days a week ever since I started carrying a few years ago.

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    I'm not touching this one. Big brother is watching me. That's why I never register for the free door prizes at gun shows either.

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    I have no reason to head to a U.S. Post Office. For years, I have done the UPS/FedEx "alternate" business instead. That's where my PO box is, and that's where I do my mailing. So, it's been years since this has been a problem for me. Better service, better attitudes, better facilities, no risk of official displeasure due to having the means to defend myself. Better solution all the way around. "Big Brother" can bloat along with its postal business without my help.
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    There is some debate about the status of post offices. A criminal atty here in NoVA is looking for a test case. So if anyone in this area is willing to try to get arrested and charged for this...He says it is definitely a gray area.

    The post offices I have been in have circle slash no guns signs. That makes them off limits for me. Although under state law they are supposed to let me leave if they discover I'm carrying. However, other jeopardy may apply, see above comment.
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    Law doesn't say I can't so I assume its legal until told otherwise.

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    I think it's in state's laws statutes that post office is off limits. I've never heard of anyone getting caught carrying in a post office,there's no security that I've ever seen at one.
    Remember where the term,"going postal," came from, it wasn't from CHP carriers getting caught carrying in a post office.
    It would be interesting to see what would happen to someone who does get caught(simply CCWing) if they try to slap them with a felony. That could end up backfiring against the government. My guess is they'll look for a fine instead and keep it on the DL.
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    if i know i'll be stopping at the post office,then i'll cc.

    (still don't believe that it's unlawfull to be lawfully carrying while at the post office...)
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    If I ever did, it would have been unintentional. With my current carry method, it is so comfortable at times I don't even think about it on me, kinda like my cell phone or wedding band its there, and you know it, but its not the first thing on your mind.


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    seldom do i go to post office,and when i do,i disarm and lock it in the car.
    im under the impression that post offices(being fed. property)are gun free
    zones. shouldnt be. just like malls and schools,bad things do happen at
    post offices too.
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    This is from a thread I started on the subject awhile back:

    39 CFR 232 states:

    (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.


    I doubt going to the post office to mail a letter or buy stamps would constitute official business. This seems pretty cut and dried to me that CCW on postal property is illegal, but others don't feel that way.
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    I don't go in the post office more than 2 or 3 times a year but when I do I follow the rules.

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    Is it against federal law if you aren't violating local laws?

    I read the sign in the post office regarding weapons. It references the federal code and a federal regulation. I'm not a lawyer, so don't take any of this as legal advice. I assume that anyone who is arrested for carrying in a post office will, at a minimum, have to spend $(thousands) for legal representation even if they haven't violated the law.

    The section of the federal code it references is:

    18 USC Section 930 Subsection (a) Except as provided in subsection (d), whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility (other than a Federal court facility), or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
    However, the sign conveniently doesn't quote Subsection (d):

    18 USC Section 930 (d) Subsection (a) shall not apply to—
    (1) the lawful performance of official duties by an officer, agent, or employee of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision thereof, who is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of any violation of law;
    (2) the possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon by a Federal official or a member of the Armed Forces if such possession is authorized by law; or
    (3) the lawful carrying of firearms or other dangerous weapons in a Federal facility incident to hunting or other lawful purposes.
    (emphasis added)

    With an Idaho concealed carry permit, it is lawful to carry a concealed weapon. It is lawful to use a weapon for self-defense in Idaho, so it appears as if it is legal to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense while in a post office in Idaho.

    The sign quotes from the regulation for conduct on postal property:

    39 CFR 232.1 (l) Weapons and explosives. 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, the sign conveniently doesn't quote the penalty section of the regulation:

    39 CFR 232.1 (p) (2) Whoever shall be found guilty of
    violating the rules and regulations in
    this section while on property under
    the charge and control of the Postal
    Service is subject to fine of not more
    than $50 or imprisonment of not more
    than 30 days, or both. Nothing contained
    in these rules and regulations
    shall be construed to abrogate any
    other Federal laws or regulations of
    any State and local laws and regulations
    applicable to any area in which
    the property is situated.
    (emphasis added)

    39 CFR 232.1 specifically states that it doesn't abrogate local laws. As Idaho law only prohibits concealed carry on primary and secondary school grounds, in jails, and in juvenile detention facilities, it appears as if concealed carry is legal in post offices located in Idaho.

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