FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More

Federal Buildings

I. Introduction

The Federal government owns or leases more than 3.2 billion square feet of space in more than 500,000 buildings in the U.S. that may be subject to the noted prohibition on firearms, including handguns carried by reciprocity. These buildings are located in every state. Carry is not permitted in such buildings.

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II. Common Examples of Offices

A number of large, and common, examples may apply to Readers of all walks of life, professions, and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Education
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Protective Service
  • Government Printing Office
  • General Services Administration
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Securities and Exchanges Commission
  • Social Security Administration
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Department of Agriculture
  • United States Marshals Service
  • United States Postal Service
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

This noted, however, a prudent Reader should take care not to merely associate the federal building office or building prohibition with formal offices; these only account for twenty-three (23%) percent of the total space.

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III. Largest Categories

The penal-code ban on firearms also applies to the other seventy-seven (77%) percent of federal buildings, offices and properties. Namely, it is any owned or leased property where federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their duties.

The twelve (12) common categories of federal property are as follows:

  • Institutional prison
  • All other
  • Institutional other
  • Industrial
  • Post Office
  • Institutional hospital
  • Institutional school
  • Research and development
  • Storage
  • Service
  • Housing
  • Office

In fact, the three (3) largest holders of owned and leased office space are the GSA, first with 292 million square feet; defense agencies, second with 191 million square feet; and the Post Office, third with 190 million square feet. Therefore, this is potentially a huge category that any licensee carrying a concealed handgun in his or her own state or a reciprocal state should be very aware of.

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IV. Conclusion

Even though a federal facility is on federal land in some fashion, no firearms at all are allowed in federal facilities. This is a black and white rule. On the other hand, some firearms, including a concealed handgun carried pursuant to a reciprocity agreement may be carried on some (certain National Parks) but not all federal lands (i.e., military base).

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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

Table of Contents

About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More