Firearms no longer prohibited in National Parks


According to an article written by Utah’s Representative Rob Bishop “On January 9, 2009, the National Park Service was tasked to live by the same rules that the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service and the rest of the nation use” regarding allowing persons to carry firearms in and through National Parks according to the laws of the state in which the park resides.

The National Park Service (NPS) failed to keep pace with the massive move by States to allow for open- and/or concealed-carry and for years banned firearms on NPS land – in  clear violation of the 2nd Amendment. President Clinton issued an executive order that reinforced the long-held understanding that federal regulations should be implemented in a manner that respects “state prerogatives and authority,” but the NPS did not comply. The Interior Department has now responded with regulations that, as of last week, allow law-abiding Americans the same rights inside National Parks as they have outside the National Parks.

Mr. Bishop, a Republican, represents Utah’s 1st Congressional District.

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