7.10.2008

An Early Post-Heller Case - Right Here in Gretna, Louisiana

Walking around charming downtown Gretna over the lunch hour, we passed the Gretna Post Office.  It's a pleasant-looking, but otherwise unassuming building between the German Cultural Center and the tiny little visitor depot.

It appears the building lies not only at the heart of this little town in Louisiana on the Mississippi, but also at the core of one of the first post-Heller Second Amendment cases.

"It's U.S. v. Dorosan(E.D. La.), in which defendant -- a postal worker -- was found guilty last week of possessing firearm on postal property. The postal worker had a gun in the glove compartment of his car, which was parked in the Post Office lot; but this was found because a postal inspector, Norbert Lewis, "discovered a black canvas bag on the workroom floor next to a letter case for Route 5301. Said route was worked by the defendant ... on the previous day. Lewis did not know to whom the bag belonged so he opened the bag and found a magazine with twelve (12) rounds or .40 caliber hand gun ammunition and three (3) empty shell casings in the bag."

Here's an order by Magistrate Knowles across the river at the Eastern District in the case, U.S. v. Dorosan.  (ht/VC)

Here's an update from the Volokh Conspiracy on the progress of the case as of today - including a subsequent opinion issued by the Magistrate.

This will be an interesting one to watch in the wake of the recent SCOTUS ruling.