Brian D. wrote:Personally I'd like to see the prohibition against carry in "government" buildings removed, or seriously curtailed. As some of you know I go to northern Kentucky a lot, and that state's legislature has done a pretty good job. Am I worried about getting physically attacked in a library or city hall? No, not much, but the walk to and from such places still concerns me.
Can you carry in a federal building that is open to the public? Yes you can. I have done it. 18 U.S.C. § 930 says you can’t carry a firearm in a federal facility. But that is based on an exception of which is the Second Amendment. The “Interagency Security Committee” acknowledges this prohibition by saying “Firearms or similar devices (i.e., 3D or Ghost Guns, etc.) that expels a projectile through the action of an explosive, unless meeting the exemptions listed in 18 U.S.C. § 930(d);”
The “Interagency Security Committee”, part of the “Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency” under the “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”, sets standard procedures for establishing control of prohibited items in federal facilities. Prohibited items include items that are dangerous, unlawful, or otherwise determined to create vulnerabilities to the occupant agencies or visitors, whether the federal facilities have a screening checkpoint or not. Items Prohibited in Federal Facilities can be found at https://www.archives.gov/files/location ... d-2022.pdf
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18 U.S. Code § 930. “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities.”
“(a) Except as provided in subsection (d), whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility (other than a Federal court facility), or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.”
Subsections (a), and subsection (b) and (c) of section 930 lays out the criminal penalty for the possession or the possession and criminal use of a firearm in government buildings. Subsection (d) lists the exclusions to subsection (a) as to carrying firearms in federal facilities.
Subsection (d)(3) says:
“(d) Subsection (a) shall not apply to—
(3) the lawful carrying of firearms or other dangerous weapons in a federal facility incident to hunting or other lawful purposes.”
Cruikshank, Heller, McDonald and Bruen all make it clear that “lawful Purpose” is the bearing of arms for self-defense.