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the Interior Department’s efforts to amend these out of date
To read the original press release on the NRA-ILA site, click here.
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