Saturday, February 27, 2010

Excercise your right-to-carry in National Parks -- very carefully

I've already posted about the right-to-carry in national parks, but NRA-ILA gives you the basic facts plus a link to check on your state laws, which unfortunately trump this particular fed law.

On February 22, a new law took effect that applied state firearms laws to national parks and wildlife refuges across America.

The implementation of the new law, which the National Park Service (NPS) has planned for since passage of H.R. 627 last May, has so far been without major problems. NPS management reports that it has worked with the 493 individual parks, promoting a consistent message on several key points:

  • Under the new law, every park is subject to all the firearms laws of the state (or states) where the park is located.
  • Park visitors must know and obey state laws, including knowing which state laws apply in parks (such as Yellowstone) that cross state boundaries. (For information on state laws, go to
  • The new law affects firearms possession, not use. Laws regarding hunting, poaching, target shooting or any unlawful discharge remain unchanged.
  • It will remain unlawful to carry in certain locations, under a separate law that prohibits possession of any firearm in a "federal facility."
As the sergeant used to say on Hill Street Blues, "Y'all be careful out there now."

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