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At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Friday, January 30, I was the second customer in line at the Pacific Beach post office on Cass Street. In front of me was a slender man in his 50s dressed in blue jeans and a baseball cap. The back of his neck was burnt from the sun, and he wore weathered brown-leather sandals. He approached the counter and I heard him whisper to the attendant that he wanted to mail the pistol he had inside his package. Silence blanketed the room as others heard him mention he had a gun. He removed a hard-plastic case from inside a cardboard mailing box...then he removed the black pistol to show the postal worker.

The attendant informed the man that one could not mail a pistol through the United States Postal Service. The man was sure the attendant was mistaken and asked to speak to the manager, who provided him with the same piece of information. With the pistol tucked under his arm, the man exited the post office and headed toward Surf 'n Post, another business offering postal services.

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chevnova Feb. 7, 2009 @ 8:15 p.m.

I can't believe how paranoid the citizens of this country are about guns. Our freedoms were won by men with guns and that is what keeps those very freedoms in place here and around the world. Don't worry about the honest citizen with a gun fear a government that wants to take that right away from him.

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carolyngrace1111 Feb. 8, 2009 @ 10:35 p.m.

How do we know this was an "honest citizen?"

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carolyngrace1111 Feb. 10, 2009 @ 4:14 p.m.

It is a fact that many crimes or potential crimes were averted because civilians had guns. It is also a fact that the media does not report this fact.

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chrama1 Feb. 11, 2009 @ 9:35 a.m.

Crying out Loud.. "Guns Dont Kill. People Do."... how cliche can you get. At least get it right... "Guns don't kill people, bullets do". Even though I am a firm believer in right to bare arms, he should have transfered this gun the responsible way. a postal worker could scan it and take it, or many other things could have happened. and who knows who he is sending it to...

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