Concealed carry at the post office


us. Code title 18 no deadly weapons on federal property. Concealed permits are state issued they are not recoganized on federal property
 

us. Code title 18 no deadly weapons on federal property. Concealed permits are state issued they are not recoganized on federal property

Not totally true. National Parks and National Forests allow guns in many places.
 
us. Code title 18 no deadly weapons on federal property. Concealed permits are state issued they are not recoganized on federal property

Not totally true. National Parks and National Forests allow guns in many places.

The 18 USC 930 prohibition of firearms is not "on federal property". It is "in Federal facilities."

United States Code: Title 18,930. Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities | LII / Legal Information Institute

(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.

(g) As used in this section:
(1) The term “Federal facility” means a building or part thereof owned or leased by the Federal Government, where Federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties.

Firearms were never prohibited on National Park land under 18 USC 930. Firearms were prohibited on National Park land under the CFR enacted by the Secretary of the Interior. Firearms are prohibited in National Park buildings under 18 USC 930. Congress removed the power from the Secretary of the Interior to ban firearms on National Park land.

Just like firearms are not prohibited in the parking lot of a Post Office under 18 USC 930. Firearms are prohibited in the parking lot of a Post Officer under 39 CFR 232.11. Firearms are prohibited in the Post Office building by 18 USC 930 AND 39 CFR 232.11 (although they can't convict you under 18 USC 930 unless the proper signs are posted at the entrances to the building, and I haven't seen one yet.)

Firearms are not prohibited on military installation land by 18 USC 930. Firearms are prohibited on military installation land by the orders of the Commander of that military installation. Firearms are prohibited in the buildings of a military installation by 18 USC 930.
 
Just my opinion but they are, from what I've read, on government land, so in MOST cases, you aren't allowed to carry on them. There are always going to be exceptions, but for the most part, if it is federal ground, I wouldn't carry there. If it was a federal shooting range, then yes, I would probably carry no matter what. But like they always, if it's concealed, who's going to know? If it's not, then you're doing something wrong. Moral of the story, Don't carry to a post office. If you do, keep it concealed, and no one will notice, but if you do, realize you're taking a risk on losing you're CPL. Just my two sense.
 
Just my opinion but they are, from what I've read, on government land, so in MOST cases, you aren't allowed to carry on them. There are always going to be exceptions, but for the most part, if it is federal ground, I wouldn't carry there.

So, you won't carry in a National Park?
 
concealed carry at post office

My concern with the "if they don't know you're carrying it's not a problem" approach has always been the Murphy's Law factor. For example, what if you're entering the post office parking lot and a local patrol officer notices you have a burned out brake light or some other minor infraction. The officer pulls in next to you and begins a traffic stop. Your name is run through the computer and it comes back that you have a concealed carry permit. I think you can see where this is going and it's not good.
 
So, you won't carry in a National Park?

As with anything, there are exceptions. I would carry just about everywhere I go. I just wouldn't want to carry somewhere that might be considered illegal. Yes I want to be protected everywhere I go, but I want to keep that right. I wouldn't want to lose my right to carry over carrying into a post office. If it's concealed, it will stay that way unless something arises, and even then you should use your head before drawing. What I'm trying to say is use common sense and you should be fine. If there is no sign, and you do do it, then I guess if you ever got tried, you could use it in your defense!
 
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Firearms are not prohibited on military installation land by 18 USC 930. Firearms are prohibited on military installation land by the orders of the Commander of that military installation. Firearms are prohibited in the buildings of a military installation by 18 USC 930.

In fact, some military bases do allow hunting in some areas. But you don't want to be armed if you ever get on the wrong side of this sign.
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Parks and Post Office

So, you won't carry in a National Park?

39 C.F.R. § 232.1(l).

This regulation reads:

(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.

Violation of this regulation could subject them to a fine or imprisonment or both. Rather than risk this, they, through their attorney, requested that the USPS amend or repeal this provision as it was broader than other firearms restrictions on Federal property and because it went beyond what was allowed under the Heller decision.

In response to their letter, Mary Anne Gibbons, General Counsel for the USPS, informed the Bonidys that the USPS believed that it was on firm legal ground and that bringing firearms on Postal Service grounds would indeed violate 39 C.F.R. § 232.1(l). She said the Postal Service would be seeking the advice of the Justice Department on the issues raised on behalf of the Bonidys.

The lawsuit is seeking a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the Postal Service regulations on the grounds that:

By prohibiting Plaintiffs from possessing a functional firearm on real property under the charge and control of the USPS, Defendants currently maintain and actively enforce a set of laws, customs, practices, and policies that deprive Plaintiffs of the right to keep and bear arms, in violation of the Second Amendment.

In addition to the injunction, the plaintiffs are seeking costs, attorney fees, and any further relief that the Court may award.

In a parenthetical note, this is the first time that I am aware that the National Association for Gun Rights has been a party to any post-McDonald litigation. Due to their sensationalist "alerts" on Rep. Bobby Rush's HR 45 as a means of fund-raising, they have not been taken too seriously in the past. If this lawsuit marks a change in their direction, so much the better.

§ 930. Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities
How Current is This?
(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.
(b) Whoever, with intent that a firearm or other dangerous weapon be used in the commission of a crime, knowingly possesses or causes to be present such firearm or dangerous weapon in a Federal facility, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(c) A person who kills any person in the course of a violation of subsection (a) or (b), or in the course of an attack on a Federal facility involving the use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be punished as provided in sections 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1117.
(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.
(e)
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal court facility, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.
(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to conduct which is described in paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (d).
(f) Nothing in this section limits the power of a court of the United States to punish for contempt or to promulgate rules or orders regulating, restricting, or prohibiting the possession of weapons within any building housing such court or any of its proceedings, or upon any grounds appurtenant to such building.
(g) As used in this section:
(1) The term “Federal facility” means a building or part thereof owned or leased by the Federal Government, where Federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties.
(2) The term “dangerous weapon” means a weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, animate or inanimate, that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury, except that such term does not include a pocket knife with a blade of less than 21/2 inches in length.
(3) The term “Federal court facility” means the courtroom, judges’ chambers, witness rooms, jury deliberation rooms, attorney conference rooms, prisoner holding cells, offices of the court clerks, the United States attorney, and the United States marshal, probation and parole offices, and adjoining corridors of any court of the United States.
(h) Notice of the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) shall be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to each Federal facility, and notice of subsection (e) shall be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to each Federal court facility, and no person shall be convicted of an offense under subsection (a) or (e) with respect to a Federal facility if such notice is not so posted at such facility, unless such person had actual notice of subsection (a) or (e), as the case may be.
 
The Navy O-3's question was rhetorical, rdc2co. He's more knowledgable than most any of us here on the forum about federal and state firearms laws. Guaranteed, he doesn't need to be told how to suck eggs. :no:
 
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US Code Title 18
§ 930. Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities

(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.
(b) Whoever, with intent that a firearm or other dangerous weapon be used in the commission of a crime, knowingly possesses or causes to be present such firearm or dangerous weapon in a Federal facility, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(c) A person who kills any person in the course of a violation of subsection (a) or (b), or in the course of an attack on a Federal facility involving the use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be punished as provided in sections 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1117.
(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
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Title 39 CFR 232.1
(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.

(p) Penalties and other law. (1) Alleged violations of these rules and regulations are heard, and the penalties prescribed herein are imposed, either in a Federal district court or by a Federal magistrate in accordance with applicable court rules. Questions regarding such rules should be directed to the regional counsel for the region involved.
(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.

q) Enforcement. (1) Members of the U.S. Postal Service security force shall exercise the powers provided by 18 U.S.C. 3061(c)(2) and shall be responsible for enforcing the regulations in this section in a manner that will protect Postal Service property and persons thereon
Title 39 CFR 232.1
(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.

(p) Penalties and other law. (1) Alleged violations of these rules and regulations are heard, and the penalties prescribed herein are imposed, either in a Federal district court or by a Federal magistrate in accordance with applicable court rules. Questions regarding such rules should be directed to the regional counsel for the region involved.
(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.

q) Enforcement. (1) Members of the U.S. Postal Service security force shall exercise the powers provided by 18 U.S.C. 3061(c)(2) and shall be responsible for enforcing the regulations in this section in a manner that will protect Postal Service property and persons thereon.
 
post office case

Title 39 CFR 232.1(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.(p) Penalties and other law. (1) Alleged violations of these rules and regulations are heard, and the penalties prescribed herein are imposed, either in a Federal district court or by a Federal magistrate in accordance with applicable court rules. Questions regarding such rules should be directed to the regional counsel for the region involved.(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.q) Enforcement. (1) Members of the U.S. Postal Service security force shall exercise the powers provided by 18 U.S.C. 3061(c)(2) and shall be responsible for enforcing the regulations in this section in a manner that will protect Postal Service property and persons thereon
 
Maybe some people misunderstood my question. It was an actual, real question not rhetorical. It was in response to this:

There are always going to be exceptions, but for the most part, if it is federal ground, I wouldn't carry there.

National Parks are Federal ground, where firearms are NOT prohibited.... therefore my question, would he not carry in a National Park simply because it is Federal ground.

My point being, there is no statute that prohibits firearms on Federal land. There is a statute that prohibits firearms IN any Federal FACILITY. There is a regulation which prohibits firearms on land owned or leased by the Post Office. Military base commanders can regulate firearms possession on the land under their control. But there is no statutory blanket prohibition of firearms on Federal land.
 
Responsible party

So let me get this right. If I am not allowed to carry in a post office and protect my self from postal workers, criminals or a domestic issues, then the federal government will be responsible for my safety......right?

Blessed in the Nation whose God is the LORD
 
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§ 930. Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities

(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.
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(d) Subsection (a) shall not apply to—
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(3) the lawful carrying of firearms or other dangerous weapons in a Federal facility incident to hunting or other lawful purposes.
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(h) Notice of the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) shall be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to each Federal facility, and notice of subsection (e) shall be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to each Federal court facility, and no person shall be convicted of an offense under subsection (a) or (e) with respect to a Federal facility if such notice is not so posted at such facility, unless such person had actual notice of subsection (a) or (e), as the case may be.

That right there says lawful puposes, which self defense is. And (h) applies to all of the POs I use. They do not post at the doors. Hopefully the PO in the test case is posted the same ways ours are.
 
That right there says lawful puposes, which self defense is. And (h) applies to all of the POs I use. They do not post at the doors. Hopefully the PO in the test case is posted the same ways ours are.

Cool. Then they will only prosecute you under 39 CFR 232.1 and not under 18 USC 930. No big deal to them. It does lower your maximum sentence to 30 days and your maximum fine to $5,000, though... win for you on that one.

Do you have $5,000 extra floating in an account and 30 days vacation time built up to try it?
 
Cool. Then they will only prosecute you under 39 CFR 232.1 and not under 18 USC 930. No big deal to them. It does lower your maximum sentence to 30 days and your maximum fine to $5,000, though... win for you on that one.

Do you have $5,000 extra floating in an account and 30 days vacation time built up to try it?
I thought sure it was only 30 days and/or $50 the last time I read it.:blink:

And heck, I've been on vacation for the last 7+ years now.


And that is why I said I'm glad there is a test case. Then maybe there will be some direction as to where it stands.
 

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