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Rand Paul's Pro-gun Amendment to Repeal Gun Bans in Post Offices Initially Fails

From GOA

But a relentless Paul achieves minor improvements

In a surprise ambush, Democrats on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously voted to defeat a Rand Paul amendment to allow guns in post offices.

But Senator Paul was relentless in trying to get his language adopted. And as a result, a minor (anemic) improvement was later added as a sop to his persistence.

GOA wants to thank you, our activists, for taking action on this issue. You might remember that anti-gun liberals -- like the editors at Esquire magazine -- laughed at GOA’s insistence that Americans be able to reclaim the right to protect themselves in Post Offices. They consider this ludicrous and called us “nutballs.”

The good news is that, despite the opposition from the Left, the battle to reclaim our rights is advancing. But more still needs to be done.

So, here’s what happened on Thursday: The committee initially defeated the Paul language that would have completely repealed the gun ban in Post Offices.

Among those who voted anti-gun (by continuing the postal gun ban) were three endangered Democrats running for reelection in pro-gun states:

* Mark Pryor (D-AR)

* Mark Begich (D-AK)

* Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

In addition, two other notable Democrats voted anti-gun. These Democrats had just won reelection by pretending to be pro-gun, but they joined with the anti-gun chorus anyway. They were:

* Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

* Jon Tester (D-MT)

The Paul amendment to the Postal Reform Act (S. 1486) was scheduled to be approved at the beginning of last week, but was postponed because of quibbling concerns raised by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). But in the ensuing two weeks, the Bloomberg-faction in the U.S. Senate organized committee Democrats to maintain the gun ban in Post Offices.

As a result, Senator Paul’s guns-in-Post-Offices amendment was defeated (9-6) on a party line vote.

A weasel amendment by committee chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) commissioning a "study" on the issue was offered in a two-faced effort to give cover to anti-gunners.

The fact is that the postal gun ban doesn't need "study." It has been in effect since 1972. Beginning in 1983, a series of post office shootings against unarmed victims who were nothing but "sitting ducks" were so tragic and pervasive that they gave rise to the term "going postal."

To his credit, Senator Paul didn’t want to settle for a mere study and kept pushing to get his amendment passed. This later resulted in anemic language that allows some concealed carry -- but only in postal parking lots and only for some gun owners.

That language passed unanimously and is now included in S. 1486.

That several Democrats on the committee were wary of allowing guns inside the actual post office buildings shows just how out-of-step they are with the American people -- and the law-enforcement community.

In a nationwide poll of police officers by PoliceOne.com last year, over 90 percent surveyed “support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians,” and 80 percent of officers believed that legally-armed citizens would have “reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shootings.”

Senator Paul should be commended for his relentless push to get a concealed carry amendment passed -- even if the language that finally passed was anemic in nature.

The five Democrats who swung the vote to kill the initial pro-gun language (to allow guns in Post Office buildings) were Senators Pryor, Begich, Landrieu, Heitkamp and Tester.

How many more unarmed people will have to die in post offices because these five Democrats lied to their constituents when they said they supported the Second Amendment?

Hopefully, after November, the answer is "none."


(1) Contact Your Senators: Contact your Senators and urge them to place a "hold" on S. 1486 because of the sleazy tactics which were used in committee to keep the gun ban in Post Office buildings on the books. (The “hold” is a parliamentary procedure that is used by Senators to slow down legislation.)

(2) For those who live in AK, AR, LA, MT or ND: Tell the following Senators -- Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Jon Tester or Heidi Heitkamp -- that they have now proven that they lied to you when they pretended to support the Second Amendment.

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Pretty cool

Rand is doing great

Why are we fighting this

Why are we fighting this battle? Am I missing something here? What's the big deal about post offices? I imagine some historical significance. But Post Offices are on the way out anyway with Fed Ex like companies taking over everything. So why do we risk looking like (as senator Paul claims we were called) "nutbars" by trying to pass what sounds, to even me (and I'm pretty libertarian) pushing the envelope a little too far?

It's not that I disagree necessarily with the right to pack in a post office.... It's just... You pick your battles....

Because it is a stupid

Because it is a stupid federal law that reaches into even the most conservative of small towns, such as mine. I think trying to repeal laws is the one of the most important jobs of a liberty candidate.

Let it not be said that Rand did nothing. But no matter what he does, people will complain about it.

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Thanks for trying, Rand!

Keep it up!

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Go Larry, go Rand

You're the men.

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.