GUN National Park Carry law passed

Keesh

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Oct 26, 2003
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So I made a thread about this when it first was proposed and here's the update.

Interior Announces Final Firearms Policy Update

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Lyle Laverty today announced that the Department of the Interior has finalized updated regulations governing the possession of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. The final rule, which updates existing regulations, would allow an individual to carry a concealed weapon in national parks and wildlife refuges if, and only if, the individual is authorized to carry a concealed weapon under state law in the state in which the national park or refuge is located. The update has been submitted to the Federal Register for publication and is available to the public on www.doi.gov.

Existing regulations regarding the carrying of firearms remain otherwise unchanged, particularly limitations on poaching and target practice and prohibitions on carrying firearms in federal buildings.

“America was founded on the idea that the federal and state governments work together to serve the public and preserve our natural resources,” Laverty said. “The Department’s final regulation respects this tradition by allowing individuals to carry concealed firearms in federal park units and refuges to the extent that they could lawfully do so under state law. This is the same basic approach adopted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service (USFS), both of which allow visitors to carry weapons consistent with applicable federal and state laws.”

On February 22, 2008, Interior Secretary Kempthorne responded to letters from 51 Senators, both Democrats and Republicans, as well as from the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, urging him to update existing regulations that prohibit the carrying of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. In his response, the Secretary directed Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Lyle Laverty “to develop and propose for public comment by April 30 Federal regulations that will update firearms policies on these lands to reflect existing Federal laws (such as those prohibiting weapons in Federal buildings) and the laws by which the host states govern transporting and carrying of firearms on their analogous public lands.”

Changes in the final regulations from those originally proposed in April were developed as the result of public comments. In particular, comments expressed concern about the feasibility of implementing regulations which directly linked the carrying of concealed firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges to the ability of an individual to carry a concealed firearm on analogous state lands. The final regulations remove that potential logistical hurdle.

The existing regulations, as currently in effect, were adopted in 1981 for national wildlife refuges and in 1983 for national parks. Since that time many states have enacted new firearms policies. Currently, 48 states have passed legislation allowing for the lawful possession of concealed weapons.

“The Department believes that in managing parks and refuges we should, as appropriate, make every effort to give the greatest respect to the democratic judgments of State legislatures with respect to concealed firearms,” said Laverty. “Federal agencies have a responsibility to recognize the expertise of the States in this area, and federal regulations should be developed and implemented in a manner that respects state prerogatives and authority.”


http://www.doi.gov/news/08_News_Releases/120508.html

I'm glad this finally made it though, I've been watching it since February and this is a big score for those of us who chose to use the land!
 
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Keesh

Keesh

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Oct 26, 2003
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So this is done/official? We're g2g on national parks now? :bowdown:

Technically, it's probably not official until it has been published by the DOI but I would imagine it should be done quickly. With that said, you should be good to go.
 

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Carlos Spicy Weiner
Mar 21, 2000
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:cool: That's great. I don't spend much time in national parks, but it's one more possible "gotcha" spot that is out of the way. One of my greatest fears with CCW is that I'll pass some sign, cross over into some no carry land or building and get nailed.
 

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Further proof the NRA = worthless

Taking credit for it when it was the VCDL that got the ball started and other small gun groups that carried it to the finishing line

no shit, that's why i posted this thread as ATTN: Virginia residents. it was pushed so much by them, i thought this was a virginia led action
 

imperial

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I re-read the article (I read it last night when I was half asleep) and it was that ND State Parks still cannot be carried in.

My bad.
 

Slick26

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Jul 28, 2006
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The Obama Administration has apparently put a hold on this so they can "review" the Bush Administration's policies and make sure they "agree" with them.
In other words... this is probably in danger of getting fucked. If they can find a way to do it.
 
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Keesh

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Oct 26, 2003
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The Obama Administration has apparently put a hold on this so they can "review" the Bush Administration's policies and make sure they "agree" with them.
In other words... this is probably in danger of getting fucked. If they can find a way to do it.

I don't know if this is sincere or just more of the administrations 'support' of the 2nd amendment, but I suspect it is the latter.

Salazar [Obama's newly appointed Secretary of the Interior] responded that he has used a gun since he was a child and feels a sense of comfort when he has a gun with him. "I'm a defender of the 2nd Amendment," he said, noting that the regulation is a subject of litigation. "We'll take a look at it. I don't have an answer for you at this time," he said.
 

Joe_Cool

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Jun 30, 2003
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The Obama Administration has apparently put a hold on this so they can "review" the Bush Administration's policies and make sure they "agree" with them.
In other words... this is probably in danger of getting fucked. If they can find a way to do it.
One of the greatest things President Bush ever did was to reverse the official position of the United States government on the 2nd Amendment from the Clinton years. I guarantee Obama will reverse it again.
 

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