[Video] Senate Committee Approves Guns on Post Office Property, but Not in Actual USPS Buildings
For the first time in a while, a United States Senate Committee has approved a pro-gun bill.
The bill would allow gun owners to have firearms in their cars on USPS property, but not actually carry their firearms inside the post office, even if they are licensed to carry by their state.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted unanimously to approve the bill, but they shot down an amendment proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) by a 9-6 vote.
According to the Washington Times,
The measure from Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska Democrat, to a broader Postal Reform bill is meant to head off situations where a person could be charged with a crime if they run into the post office after hunting or shooting, for example, and leave their gun in the parking lot.
“In my state, a rural state, we have folks who are going out to the post office [with] a gun in their car,” Mr. Begich said Thursday at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. “[You] park and you go in and you may not realize that even though you stored your gun in that parking lot … this solves this problem once and for all.”
While I’m certainly glad that the Democrat controlled Senate is moving along pro-gun bills at all, I wish they would have included Paul’s amendment.
The bill would now have to be passed by a full vote in the Senate and would then be sent to the Republican controlled House.