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What do folks here do with their carry gun when they have to go into a post office?

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  1. old lady new shooter

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    Now that I thankfully finally found a carry modality that is easy and comfortable I'll probably just carry all the time, but I am used to grouping errands. I have to go to the post office almost every day to ship books I sell online (USPS does not give pickup service for media mail) and the idea of making a separate trip for that feels totally wasteful.

    Although crime is thankfully very low where I live now and I am usually only inside for literally less than 5 minutes because I just put the packages in the package contraption, probably due to still being fairly recently from Cali I don't feel comfortable just leaving the gun in the car unsecured. OTOH I also don't want to have to fiddle around with some under-the-seat or other hard-to-reach place safe.

    What do folks here do?
     
  2. Pat Riot
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    When in my truck I would lock my gun in the console while in the post office and set my alarm when locking the truck.
     
  3. aarondhgraham

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    Leaving it in the vehicle is all well and good,,,
    But it's still illegal to have the gun in the parking lot.

    Which is why I park on the street in front of my post office.

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  4. Gary Gill

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    I sometimes park in an adjacent church parking lot and lock up the gun. Car is locked too. Other times, I go to the post office unarmed and then go back home for a weapon. (5 minute drive)
     
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    I've bolted a mini-safe to my seat frame.
    It normally holds my spare ammo, but there's still room for a gun.
     
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    Could be in your state, but not in mine.

    And if I told you what did with my gun, I might get arrested.
     
  7. old lady new shooter

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    My console doesn't lock. Do you think locking it in the glove box would work?
     
  8. old lady new shooter

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    My post office shares a parking lot with another building which is not a governmental entity, so it's not the same as an exclusive lot.
     
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    I have a lock box cabled to my seat for such ocxurences although I do not got to the postoffice daily. It is piece of mind and meets any legal requirements to secure my weapon.
     
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    You must go by the “letter” of the law!
     
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    If your glove box is like mine then it's made of tupperware.
    It took me about fifteen minutes with a drill and some self-tapping screws to install a $65.00 box with a three-digit combination in my old Chevy.
    It's not perfect, but all of the storage spaces in most modern cars are made of a rather low grade of plastic.
     
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  13. old lady new shooter

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    Which one do you have and where do you attach the cable?
     
  14. old lady new shooter

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    So you put the safe inside the glove compartment?
     
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    most PO’s have a drop box outside. One can do all of ones business with USPS on line now down to paying and printing out shipping labels. No need to enter the place.
     
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    The outside boxes are not for packages.
     
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    Oops. Never noticed any disclaimer posted on the box.
     
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    My power seat rides on a slide that is fixed to the floor.
    I lined up the existing holes in the back of the mini=safe with one edge of the slide, so that the safe is concealed when the seat is in its normal position but the front is exposed when the seat is all of the way back.
    Then I drove the self-tapping screws into the seat frame, with two more into the (rather thin) floor for stabilization.
    To open the box just slide the seat back, dial in the combination, turn the knob and it's open.
    Drop in the gun, twist the knob the other way, randomize the combination and slide the seat forward.
    Everything is concealed.
     
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    -By the way, I used the cable to tie the box down at first.
    I figure that it would work fine for most people but I keep at least three tools in my truck at all times that could be used to cut that cable... .
     
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    The Fifth Amendment is still in the Bill of Rights, correct?
     
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    It's not a state law it's a FEDERAL law.

    I park in the lot next door and leave the gun in a lock box in my car.
     
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  22. Pat Riot
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    Well, I did not know the parking lot counted as a no carry zone. I will need to check that.

    Check with your state laws regarding locking it in the glovebox. That is a big “No-No” in California. It was not a problem in Oregon.
     
  23. commygun

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    Keep it concealed on my person. But it's Lewis County. Even the Post Office employees are Deplorable.
     
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    It's not a state law,,,
    It's a federal law.

    I'm not going to do the research because I don't really have a dog in the fight,,,
    But in the past 3-4 years I've read about convictions for people who were found to have gun in post office parking lots.

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    Glove box, lock the doors.
     
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