U.S. Postal Service Clarifies Weapons Possession Ban

The U.S. Postal Service changed its rules last Friday about conduct on Postal Service property to clarify its ban on carrying or storing firearms, dangerous weapons, or explosives on the property except for official purposes. The agency said the change eliminates potential conflicts with other laws, rules, or regulations that may allow the possession of those articles for other than official purposes.

Effectively immediately, 39 CFR Part 232.1, paragraph (l), Conduct on postal property, is revised to read: (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.

The contact for information is Lawrence Katz, Inspector in Charge, Office of Counsel, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 202-268-7732.

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