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I guess Senator Rand Paul feels the need to polish his bona fides with the gun lobby ahead of his Presidential run because he is trying to use a bill meant to address stamp prices to add an amendment that would allow guns inside local post offices.

But there is time to contact the committee that is reviewing this piece of legislation and let them know you think allowing concealed carry guns in post offices — including your local post office — is a bad idea. Also know, that if successful, this legislation could be a foot in the door to repealing bans and allowing guns to be carried in ALL federal buildings and who knows where it would stop - state and local buildings?

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee could vote tomorrow on whether to include Sen. Paul’s amendment in the bill. Here is a link to the Senate committee reviewing this legislation:

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/...

On this page are links to the Senator's websites with contact info.

Ask them to not support Senator Paul's amendment that would allow concealed carry in all U.S. post office buildings.

9:48 AM PT: Here's a little more from a Jan. 31 piece on how Paul's amendment has been received by the committee members:

"The Republican from Kentucky floated his measure Wednesday as an amendment to a postal overhaul bill being debated by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The initial reaction from Chairman Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., was not positive, but it’s unclear how the votes will turn out."

http://blogs.rollcall.com/...

Originally posted to We Shall Overcome on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:58 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA, Firearms Law and Policy, and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

    by We Shall Overcome on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:58:42 AM PST

  •  Has to be the Onion, going postal is a phrase (4+ / 0-)

    for a reason...

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:30:25 AM PST

  •  There's always more loony available. (2+ / 0-)

    You just can't top out, no matter how insane you are.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:31:38 AM PST

  •  Why? (4+ / 0-)

    If he is so intent on guns everywhere, why doesn't he push to allow guns in the Capitol AND on the senate floor?  Surely he needs to pack heat there too.

  •  The proposal would allow individuals to carry (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KVoimakas

    guns in post offices when otherwise carrying the weapon would be in compliance with state and local regulations.

    So long as the actual language doesn't contain some of Paul's unsavory ideas this bill sounds like a good idea to me.

    To be first in the soil, which erupts in the coil, of trees veins and grasses all brought to a boil. -- The Maxx

    by notrouble on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 04:05:14 PM PST

  •  Being an amendment, I doubt there were ... (2+ / 0-)
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    LilithGardener, Glen The Plumber

    ... any hearings on this.

    What justifies creating a special right to carry weapons into post offices when they can't be carried into Federal courthouses? Federal office buildings? Anywhere in the myriad of government office buildings on Capitol Hill?

    There ought to be evidence supporting the need for this amendment. And for this kind of amendment, a piecemeal tacking together of special provisions that differ by 180 degrees from what Federal legislators expect for their workplaces. It certainly isn't in the Second Amendment according to the Heller and McDonald cases.

    2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 07:31:06 PM PST

  •  Thank you for reporting this (2+ / 0-)

    IIRC, there was a decision in federal court last year, in Colorado, that allowed guns on post office property, e.g. in the parking lot, but stopped short of allowing guns inside the post office itself.

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:00:23 PM PST

  •  Paul's amendment defeated in committee: 9-6. (0+ / 0-)

    Another did pass, to allow guns on PO property. The rationale was that hunters might still be carrying guns when they picked up their mail.

    Senator Paul reportedly pouted, listing all the organizations who favored his amendment. Care to guess who they were?

    2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:49:00 AM PST

    •  That rationale has no rationale, TRP (0+ / 0-)

      A hunter can just leave any weapon, long or short, in his vehicle while retrieving his mail.

      This bill was a further assault of firearms on our public and private places.

      I resent such systemic infringements on our peaceful society.
      And I resent the manipulation of the process of representative democracy. Such foolishness will pass, long after its cultural damage is done.

      _______________________________________________________________________________________ It seems to me that we humans take turns being dummies.

      by reasonablegunsplz on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:05:31 AM PST

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      •  Yes, I agree. And that's why the weaker version (0+ / 0-)

        ... did pass committee, I think. You can drive your firearms onto USPS property, just not lug or carry them into the building. In states that allow carting weapons around.

        For me, even this version is stretching it. The gun folks are inching the ball forward where their efforts to dunk it don't work.

        2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

        by TRPChicago on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 08:29:38 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

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