Concealed Carry in National Parks Now Effective

by February 23, 2010 02/23/10

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday yesterday, Feb. 22, than for the Government to finally give us the right to carry in National Parks.

So far we haven’t heard of anyone getting shot, so we’re off to a good start.

President Obama signed the Credit Card Holders’ Bill of Rights on May 22, 2009, which included an amendment to repeal the gun ban on National Park Service (NPS) land and Wildlife Refuges.

Here are the details of the amendment:

(b) Protecting the Right of Individuals To Bear Arms in Units of the National Park System and the National Wildlife Refuge System.–The Secretary of the Interior shall not promulgate or enforce any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm including an assembled or functional firearm in any unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System if–

(1) the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm; and

(2) the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the State in which the unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System is located.

So essentially you’ll still have to follow the respective state laws covering concealed carry, but this is a major victory and President Washington would be proud.

Image via http://www.wearagun.com


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rkuntz
rkuntz

We were in Everglades NP today -- we live close by. We drove down to Flamingo and went to the visitors' center. The door had a large NO WEAPONS sign, noting that the building is a federal government facility and that weapons are therefore banned inside.

So, evidently, the NPS is taking the view that the new law covers the park, but not the buildings. (I confess I didn't take the opportunity to query a ranger.)

I rested on a bench outside the building while my wife and little one checked out the exhibits. (An amazing South Florida day -- 67 degrees, breezy and not a cloud anywhere.)

rkuntz
rkuntz

We were in Everglades NP today -- we live close by. We drove down to Flamingo and went to the visitors' center. The door had a large NO WEAPONS sign, noting that the building is a federal government facility and that weapons are therefore banned inside. So, evidently, the NPS is taking the view that the new law covers the park, but not the buildings. (I confess I didn't take the opportunity to query a ranger.) I rested on a bench outside the building while my wife and little one checked out the exhibits. (An amazing South Florida day -- 67 degrees, breezy and not a cloud anywhere.)

Reddog245
Reddog245

It's nice that we can protect ourselves in the parks again, but I doubt that President Washington would be proud. In fact, I would have to imagine that he would be pretty pissed that 1. the government tried to take away our right to protect ourselves in the first place, and 2. that we let them! The idea that there are numerous other laws that we have to follow to bear arms (in violation of the 2nd Amendment) would probably make him shake his head in disappointment at what we have allowed our government to do. BTW: Self protection is our God given right, not government given right. The government took it away, and then gave a little back.

rkuntz
rkuntz

This has been a long time coming, but it's good law -- however they snuck it in.

I'm in South Florida and we are in Everglades NP all the time. And you cannot go boating without running through Biscayne NP. This normalizes the laws an makes life easier and removes what was a drag on Florida's otherwise excellent gun laws.

rkuntz
rkuntz

This has been a long time coming, but it's good law -- however they snuck it in. I'm in South Florida and we are in Everglades NP all the time. And you cannot go boating without running through Biscayne NP. This normalizes the laws an makes life easier and removes what was a drag on Florida's otherwise excellent gun laws.

spenceman
spenceman

Excellent! You know a lot of people have been talking about some doom and gloom future, but the restoration of these firearms freedoms is proof that things aren't as bad as we think, because we are still free and have the means to stay free.

On the shirts: I'm usually not a fan of political shirts, as most of them give off the impression that the t-shirt is doing the thinking for the wearer (similar to the pre-made signs at liberal protests), but some of these are pretty damn good, I think I'll be getting the M79 "Come with me if you want to live" shirt.

spenceman
spenceman

Excellent! You know a lot of people have been talking about some doom and gloom future, but the restoration of these firearms freedoms is proof that things aren't as bad as we think, because we are still free and have the means to stay free. On the shirts: I'm usually not a fan of political shirts, as most of them give off the impression that the t-shirt is doing the thinking for the wearer (similar to the pre-made signs at liberal protests), but some of these are pretty damn good, I think I'll be getting the M79 "Come with me if you want to live" shirt.

Failure Drill
Failure Drill

Its sad when they have to hide something as important as this under a "credit card bill of rights" to get it passed. What is wrong with our country?

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Thanks brother, we thought it was pretty fitting too :)

ReactGear
ReactGear

Great news and love the image!

Dan
Dan

I camp in ten thousands islands area no phone no radio with wife and son cant bring my dog and its is a place of trafficking drugs and people . I just want my family safe . Got stopped by FWC and was treated like a criminal for having a permit to carry and did not have a weapon because of the old law. I ask what the big deal is. The fine officer said that people would shoot the wildlife . They do not give permits to anybody and why would you take a chance of loosing your right . Government cant keep me and my family safe .Think I'm wrong watch the news. FL has got some good laws and thats what we need now.

**Dan I had to edit your post for grammer**

Eric S.

Dan
Dan

I camp in ten thousands islands area no phone no radio with wife and son cant bring my dog and its is a place of trafficking drugs and people . I just want my family safe . Got stopped by FWC and was treated like a criminal for having a permit to carry and did not have a weapon because of the old law. I ask what the big deal is. The fine officer said that people would shoot the wildlife . They do not give permits to anybody and why would you take a chance of loosing your right . Government cant keep me and my family safe .Think I'm wrong watch the news. FL has got some good laws and thats what we need now. **Dan I had to edit your post for grammer** Eric S.

Dave
Dave

Eric, you mean "grammar"

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