This angers me as well! I like to rest my elbow right where that little lock is. I've thought about going in and cutting it shorter so it'll sit flushed when it's locked. Only problem I found is in the event I need to manually unlock the door... I won't be able to. Unless I put a lever somewhere so I can still pull it up.
But then I thought about making it a push button riser kind of thing, so you can press it, it'll rise, then you can pull it to unlock... but I don't know how to go about that just yet