New Carry Law in National Parks

February 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

A new rule in effect Monday will end nearly a century-old ban on firearms in America’s national parks and wildlife refuges. Visitors can bring concealed, loaded guns with them on vacation if they are legal under the laws of the state they are in. Some 40 states allow people to carry firearms with a permit. The park service website will provide links to state websites so visitors can check what rules apply. The change passed on a bipartisan vote last May as an amendment to an Obama administration credit card reform bill. It grew out of changes sought in the final months by the Bush administration.

“This new rule is welcome,” said National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. “Violent crimes do occur in our national parks, which have become havens for drug trafficking and drug production. It’s reasonable for law-abiding people to have the means to protect themselves from predators, whether it’s the four-legged or two-legged variety.”

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