Colorado couple fight U.S. Postal Service ban on guns

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Debbie and Tab Bonidy live in a far-flung patch of Colorado and have to drive to a post office to pick up their mail. And they're sick of leaving their guns at home to do it.

The U.S. Postal Service bans people from bringing firearms into post offices and post office parking lots, contending that its branches are among the “sensitive places” where the U.S. Supreme Court has said banning guns is allowed.

The Bonidys, who have concealed-carry permits, say the rule violates their 2nd Amendment rights, and they're challenging the ban in court.

With a cowboy past and a more urban present, the West has long been a hotbed of 2nd Amendment battles. The issue of where and how residents can display firearms has been particularly charged, with California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signing a bill that outlaws the public display of handguns, a practice known as “open carry.”

In Denver, a federal judge recently rejected the Postal Service’s motion to dismiss the Bonidys' case, meaning both sides will now tussle over the constitutionality of the firearm ban, the Denver Post reported

“The ruling could have national implications for all post offices,” the couple's attorney, James Manley, told the paper, “certainly in post offices in areas like the Bonidys' in rural areas.”

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Photo: Checking one's post office box (these are at a facility in Merrifield, Va.) means leaving one's guns at home. One couple are not happy about this. Credit: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg

 
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Rene Lynch has been an editor and writer in Metro, Sports, Business, Calendar and Food. @ReneLynch

As an editor and reporter, Michael Muskal has covered local, national, economic and foreign issues at three newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. @latimesmuskal


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