A Colorado federal district court ruled Tuesday that a U.S. Postal Service restriction banning firearms in its parking lots violated the Second Amendment.
The court ruled in favor of licensed gun carrier Tab Bonidy and the National Association for Gun Rights, after both filed a lawsuit in October 2010. Bonidy wrote to the post office before filing the lawsuit, explaining that he had a concealed weapons permit for the gun and requesting an exception.
The post office declined.
Bonidy, who must drive several miles from his home into neighboring Avon to pick up his mail, felt the ban was inconvenient. He argued that it prevented him from collecting his mail, because he could not legally lock and secure his handgun in the car.
Bonidy carried the gun for self-defense and refused to leave it at home, in the event that his life was in danger.
Both Bonidy and the NAGR are pleased with the ruling.
“There’s a collective interest in public safety that trumps individual liberty in certain circumstances,” U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who finalized the ruling, said, “but there are no similar reasons to forbid Bonidy from securing his gun in a vehicle in the parking lot before entering the building.”
While Bonidy and other concealed weapons carriers are now permitted to secure their weapons on postal property within a vehicle, guns are still barred from entering the building.