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National Park CCW advances!

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    VA-ALERT: BREAKING NEWS! National Park carry on its way!<br>
    VCDL has just learned that the Department of the Interior (DOI) is
    beginning the process of allowing the lawful carry of firearms for
    self-defense in National Parks!!!!!<br>
    The efforts of VCDL, which includes TWO Petitions for Rule Making
    cosigned by Gun Owners of America, Citizens Committee for the Right to
    Keep and Bear Arms, and a host of state organizations (the VCDL web
    site lists all of the cosigners), as well as the NRA doing a separate
    effort in tandem which culminated in a letter from 51 U.S. Senators to
    the DOI, has just paid off!<br>
    The NRA has just put the announcement up on their web site, along with
    a copy of a letter from the Secretary of DOI, Dirk Kempthorne, to U.S.
    Senator Mike Crapo.<br>
    The letter discusses having the National Parks assimilate the gun laws
    of the state where a park is located - exactly what our Petition for
    Rule Making was asking for.<br>
    The letter says that the plan is for DOI to create a new regulation by
    April 30th and to get public comment on it (as is the proper way for
    such regulations to be implemented).<br>
    We will notify you when the new regulation is up for public comment so
    that we can absolutely bury DOI with our positive, pro-gun, pro-self-
    defense comments!<br>
    Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of the National Park
    gun ban.<br>
    Here is a link to the NRA announcement, which has a link to the letter
    from Secretary Kempthorne:<br>
    Bush Administration to Propose New Rule Regarding Right-to-Carry in
    National Parks<br>
    Friday, February 22, 2008<br>
    Fairfax, Va. - At the request of the Bush Administration and 51
    members of the United States Senate led by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID),
    the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    prohibition of firearms on agency land will be revised in the
    following weeks. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is leading the
    effort to amend the existing policy regarding the carrying and
    transportation of firearms in National Parks and wildlife refuges.<br>
    Law-abiding citizens should not be prohibited from protecting
    themselves and their families while enjoying Americas National Parks
    and wildlife refuges, said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. Under
    this proposal, federal parks and wildlife refuges will mirror the
    state firearm laws for state parks. This is an important step in the
    right direction.<br>
    These new regulations, when finalized, will provide uniformity across
    our nations federal lands and put an end to the patchwork of
    regulations that governed different lands managed by different federal
    agencies. In the past, only Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest
    Service lands allowed the carrying of firearms, while National Park
    lands did not.<br>
    The current regulations on possession, carry or transportation of
    loaded or uncased firearms in national parks were proposed in 1982 and
    finalized in 1983. Similar restrictions apply in national wildlife
    refuges. The NRA believes it is time to amend those regulations to
    reflect the changed legal situation with respect to state laws on
    carrying firearms.<br>
    The effect of these now-outdated regulations on people who carry
    firearms for self-protection was far from the forefront at the time
    these regulations were adopted. As of the end of 1982, only six states
    routinely allowed citizens to carry handguns for self-defense.
    Currently, 48 states have a process for issuance of licenses or
    permits to allow law-abiding citizens to legally carry firearms for
    The move for regulatory change by the Administration will restore the
    rights of law-abiding gun owners who wish to transport and carry
    firearms for lawful purposes in most National Park lands and will make
    the laws consistent with state law where these lands are located.
    Fifty-one U.S. Senators from both parties sent a letter to the
    Department of Interior late last year supporting the move to render
    state firearms laws applicable to National Park lands.<br>
    These changes will respect the Second Amendment rights of honest
    citizens, and we look forward to the issuance of a final rule this
    year, concluded Cox.<br>
    Link to Secretary Kempthorne's letter:<br>
    VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
    (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization
    dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to
    Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.<br>
    VCDL web page: http://www.vcdl.org<br>
  2. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    About time!!! My permit is the 2nd amendment, haven't ever bothered to get a state permit.
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