We Must Keep Guns Out of National Parks

| by Freedom States Alliance

The National Rifle Association is actively trying to make our national parks less safe.

A dangerous gun amendment has been attached to the "Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009" by U.S Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). The rider would force the National Park Service to permit the carrying of loaded guns in parks, battlefields, monuments, historic sites and wilderness areas. Previously, visitors were required to keep guns stored and unloaded when traveling through these national treasures to protect everyone's safety.

Senator Coburn's (R-OK) amendment would allow individuals to openly carry assault rifles, handguns and shotguns in National Parks if the firearm is in compliance with state law. Permitting loaded guns in our national parks poses a threat to wildlife, visitors, and park rangers.

Attaching this amendment to the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009 is an underhanded tactic being used by the NRA. It's time our members of Congress stopped pandering to the gun lobby every time a piece of pro-gun legislation comes up for a vote that endangers our citizens and weakens public safety.

The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on this bill this
week. We must let them know now that loaded guns have no place in our
National Parks.

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