Skip to comments.Bill Introduced to Allow [Gun] Carry in National Parks
Posted on 11/18/2006 9:44:58 AM PST by kiriath_jearim
Senator George Allen (R-Virginia) has introduced SB 4057, the National Park Second Amendment Restoration and Personal Protection Act of 2006. If adopted as law, this legislation would allow legal carry of firearms into National Parks so long as the state does not prohibit carry in all parks.
The arbitrary prohibition of your right to self-defense in a National Park needs to end. Your life is not worth less while visiting one of our countrys beautiful parks than it is anywhere else you may be. Personally, I believe that lonely wilderness trails may be one of the places that I would most want to have my self-defense firearm. Armed citizens regularly argue that we may not be able to wait for 911 to save us. Imagine the additional delay that will occur when youre hiking in the middle of nowhere! Also, any location that is known to be frequented by tourists would probably be very attractive to criminals. Tourists are generally carrying a lot of money and are unfamiliar with their surroundings. I am certainly not a criminal mastermind. If I can see that this environment makes one more vulnerable to violent attack, I am certain those with less scruples have realized it as well.
It is up to those of us that care about the safety of ourselves and our families to get this legislation enacted. Please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support this bill. Tell them why it is important to you. Contact Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and ask him to fast track SB 4057. Spread the word to other gun owners and concealed handgun licensees about this issue.
Senator Frist can be reached at: (202) 224-3344 or through his website. You can find contact information for your U.S. Senators here.
"Yeah, why didn't Allen introduce this bill months ago?"
... ever get the feeling the GOP had a hand in defeating themselves?
How about years ago?
Well, speaking as a former female wilderness ranger, it would also be nice to let fed employees carry guns in the backcountry.
There are bad people out there.
This whole ban on carry in parks is one law that I ignore every time I visit one. I would rather be tried by twelve than carried by six. I don't believe there is a jury that would convict me for defending myself and my family from criminals or a bear.
I agree. About the only places I don't carry is airports, police stations, and government buildings.
>About the only places I don't carry is airports, police stations, and government buildings.<
Most criminals have the same ideas about where not to carry.
Unarmed, we are just sitting ducks in some areas, all of us - not just Federal employees. There is no reason why any law abiding citizen should be prohibited from armed carry.
I know when I go into the nearby National Forest I always carry. Although all that is permited is a .22 pistol the rules themselves admit it is a "camp gun" available for personal protection use. National Parks should be the same way. There are potential criminals in them as well.
The bill has been around for quite a while. It takes time to get things through the process. One does not simply write a bill and get it to the floor for a vote. It was not something that they just came up with at the end. It is up there now and should be considered by all of our reps.
The election is over, folks. If you are one who thought you were teaching someone a lesson, be happy. If you are one who doesn't believe there is a real terrorist threat at all, I hope you are right. I would be very happy to be proven wrong in my beliefs.
And bills don't carry over from one Senate session to another. This one will die in committee before the Senate adjourns. It's going nowhere.
Oh you found a picture of the new GOP. /sarcasm
I've travelled a lot in National Parks, BLM land, National Forest, Wilderness areas, etc. etc., if one is discreet, nobody has to know, even if it is "illegal". I'm not suggesting anyone break the law, but it's better to be safe than sorry, if you catch my drift.
Oh-oh. I've been a baaaaaaaad boy!
While this may be solid on constitutional grounds, I fail to see its importance. It strikes me as an almost comically trivial measure. Conservatives should focus on battles of real importance, not on chickens--t, especially not on chickens--t that Leno can get big laughs from.
There is no federal law that says you can't carry in a national park.
There is simply "administrative edict" that says you can't.
All it takes to change it is a policy directive issued by the head of the Interior Department or the President.
Phil Van Cleave of VCDL tried to get them to do it when Norton was running DOI.
thats right they got there a$$$ handed to them
Does this mean you are for people that stay in boarding houses? Or do you mean pro-borders?
Opps, my bad!
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