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Federal judge rules ban on firearms in post offices unconstitutional

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a U.S. law banning the possession of firearms in post offices is unconstitutional, in the latest court ruling that gun restrictions are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizell, a Trump appointee, cited the 2022 Supreme Court decision New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, which expanded gun rights. A 2022 ruling recognized an individual's right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense.

The judge shared the ruling in an indictment charging U.S. Postal Service truck driver Emmanuel Ayala with illegal possession of a firearm in a federal building.

The judge did not dismiss Ayala's other charge of resisting arrest, but noted that the firearms charge violated his Second Amendment rights and is an “American” tradition. He said it was “inconsistent” with “gun regulations.”

“Blank restrictions on firearm possession in post offices run counter to America's tradition of firearms regulation,” Mizell wrote.

Ayala's charges came after prosecutors said he brought a gun onto post office property. He fled the location in 2022 after federal agents attempted to detain him and was eventually captured by Tampa police.

Although Ayala had a concealed weapons permit, he was charged under a law that prohibits possession of firearms on federal property. He carried a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun for his self-defense.

The judge said the post office has existed since the nation's founding, and federal law did not prohibit firearms into post offices until 1972. He added that limiting the reasons for entry “would be a disenfranchisement by effectively restricting the right to possess firearms.” That it doesn't exist. ”

Reuters This was the first time we reported on the verdict.

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