Sen. Paul: Violence at Post Office From Employees - Not Gun Owners

February 11, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently told senators that violence at post offices has come from postal employees, not citizens.

“I think also it might be noted that the history of violence at post offices has not been from citizens coming into the post office, but has been committed by postal employees," Paul told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Feb. 6.

Paul was pushing for an amendment to a postal reform bill that would have overturned a federal ban on guns in post offices and postal parking lots.

During debate on the bill, Paul referenced a Colorado case where the Postal Service has been fighting a court ruling to allow guns on its property.

"I think this illustrates, you know, why we need this amendment. The post office is obviously opposed to allowing guns in their parking lots or their facilities and they are appealing it," Paul said.

"So, I think really it is still an open question and the people should weigh in on this through their representatives. I think also it might be noted that the history of violence at post offices has not been from citizens coming into the post office, but has been committed by postal employees."

Ultimately Paul’s amendment was defeated, but a measure proposed by Sen. Mark Beigich (D-Alaska) that would allow guns on postal property, but not inside post office buildings, was passed.