Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tribune: Idaho Woman Sues Army Corps Over Weapons Ban

Posted By on Sun, Aug 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

A lawsuit has been filed in Idaho's U.S. District Court, challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its policy of barring loaded guns on its property.

The suit has been filed on behalf of an Idaho woman, listed as a co-plaintiff, who said that she recently received a concealed weapons permit after she felt threatened by a former neighbor, and wants to carry a gun when she is on Corps property.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Lewiston attorney Alan Baker joined with the Mountain States Legal Foundation to file the complaint, alleging that the Corps' policy is unconstitutional.

"This is an all-out ban that goes to far," said Baker, who is a recent University of Idaho law school graduate. "There are really only two federal agencies that have an all-out prohibition of firearms on their property, outside of actual buildings themselves. One is the U.S. Postal Service, and the other is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers."

Corps policy bans weapons unless they are in the possession of a law enforcement officer, used for legal hunting, used at authorized shooting ranges or if the weapon owner has written permission from the Corps district commander.

The corps would not comment to the Tribune, citing pending litigation.

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