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Judge rules federal law banning gun possession in post offices unconstitutional

Florida court ruling cites landmark 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision. 

Published: January 13, 2024 6:10pm

A federal judge has declared that a law banning Americans from possessing guns in postal offices is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Florida ruled Friday that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling from 2022 made the postal office gun ban illegal.

As part of the decision, she dismissed part of an indictment charging postal worker Emmanuel Ayala with illegally possessing a gun in a federal building. She said the criminal charge violated Ayala’s 2nd Amendment rights. 

“The Supreme Court has been clear: the government must point to historical principles that would permit it to prohibit firearms possession in post offices,” wrote Mizelle, an appointee of former President Donald J. Trump.

“The United States fails to meet that burden,” she concluded.

You can read the full decision here.

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