Department of Interior Amends Gun Rules

Fan-flippin’-tastic, don’t you think?  I’m in California, so I’m still fighting against my local sheriff to issue to begin with.  For the rest of the packing states, it’s another step forward!

National Parks to Allow Right-to-Carry

    Fairfax, Va. – The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has announced the final amended version of its changes to rules on carrying of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. DOI’s move will restore the rights of law-abiding gun owners who wish to transport and carry firearms for lawful purposes on most DOI lands, and will make federal law consistent with the state law in which these public lands are located.  The National Rifle Association (NRA) led the effort to amend the existing policy regarding the carrying and transportation of firearms on these federal lands.

    “Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of the Interior brings clarity and uniformity for law-abiding gun owners visiting our national parks,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “We are pleased that the Interior Department recognizes the right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families while enjoying America’s National Parks and wildlife refuges.”

    DOI announced the rule change today and will publish the new regulations in the Federal Register. The new regulations allow right-to-carry permit holders to exercise their Second Amendment rights on national park and wildlife refuges in those states that recognize such permits. The move will provide consistency across our nation’s federal lands and put an end to the patchwork of regulations that governed different lands managed by different federal agencies. In the past, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands allowed the carrying of firearms, while lands managed by DOI did not.

    The NRA has long held that amendments to those regulations were needed to reflect the changed legal situations with respect to state laws on carrying firearms. Earlier this year, fifty-one U.S. Senators sent a strong bipartisan letter to the DOI supporting the move to make state firearms laws applicable to national park lands and refuges.

“These changes respect the Second Amendment rights of honest citizens as they enjoy our public lands,” concluded Cox. “We applaud the Interior Department’s

efforts to amend these out of date regulations.”

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3 Comments on “Department of Interior Amends Gun Rules”

  1. December 6, 2008 at 5:31 am #

    That certainly is great news!

  2. December 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    nice new banner- but why the P7 if your selling it?

  3. December 12, 2008 at 3:14 am #

    I was taking pictures for someone who wanted more detail. I ended up liking that particular one. Just humoring myself =)

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