GUN One step closer to National Park Carry :x:

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  1. hsmith

    hsmith OT Supporter

    Feb 24, 2002
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    Your mother.
    The ability for law-abiding citizens to be able to carry firearms in
    National Parks has moved forward a major notch today in the US Senate!!

    While there are still many steps left to go, this bill passing out of
    a Senate committee by such a huge **bipartisan** margin (18 to 5!!)
    has got to send a very strong message to the Department of the
    Interior, which is considering updating its regulations to allow carry
    as well.

    The message is clear: If DOI doesn't do it right and has too many
    restrictions, then Congress will make them do it right!

    The possibility of you and I legally carrying a gun for self-defense
    in National Parks in the near future is looking brighter all the time!

    Gun-rights are continuing to move forward everywhere I look. The
    Liberty Bell is tolling. It is a great time to be an American.

    Of course, this is no time to slow down or take anything for granted.
    We must continue to fight with even more vigor and determination to
    achieve the full restoration of the Second Amendment.

    Here are two articles on the bill:

    Picnic Basket? Check. Bug Spray? Check. Ammo? Check.

    Energy and natural resources are issues critically important to
    America's future. Sound energy and resource policy can make our
    environment cleaner, spur economic growth, and improve national

    With that in mind, it's perplexing that today the Senate Energy and
    Natural Resources Committee debated and
    approved a bill to allow loaded guns in national parks.

    The bill would end the 25-year-old ban on carrying loaded guns in
    national parks. (If state law banned gun possession in parks, the
    state policy would supersede the new law and remain in effect.) The
    bill passed the committee in an 18-5, according to

    The bill would accomplish the same goal as a Bush administration rule
    the Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne proposed in April. Reg•Watch
    thinks the Interior rule will be among the many rules the Bush
    administration pushes through in its final months in order to secure
    its ideological legacy.

    Both the bill and the proposed rule are remarkably unnecessary. An
    April Associated Press article explains:

    There is no data to suggest that the public would be served by
    allowing visitors to parks to possess concealed handguns, [Coalition
    of National Park Service Retirees Chairman Bill] Wade and other
    critics said. They cited statistics showing that national parks are
    among the safest places in the country. The probability of becoming a
    victim of a violent crime in a national park is 1 in more than 708,000
    — less likely than being struck by lightning, the groups said.

    On the other hand, Sen. Jim DeMint☼ (R-SC), unmoved by fact, said,
    "The purpose of this bill is to protect innocent Americans from
    violent crime in national parks," according to

    However, since Congress almost never actually passes legislation, the
    Interior regulation is still the best bet for gun rights advocates
    hoping to arm national parks. Stay tuned to Reg•Watch for updates.
  2. smartypants

    smartypants Active Member

    Jun 13, 2007
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    This is good, because America's parks are shameful dens of crime, inequity, and scholar.
  3. We can't have scholars in our parks! Us -> :gtfo: <-Scholars
  4. smartypants

    smartypants Active Member

    Jun 13, 2007
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    fuckin' spellcheck

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