Friday, February 15, 2008

Don't Take Away Loaded Gun Restrictions In National Parks

America's national parks embody the American spirit. They are vital to the survival of many animal species, and offer countless educational experiences for children of all ages.
The National Park Service has reasonable guidelines about firearms in national parks. It is currently lawful to transport firearms through national parks as long as they are unloaded and stored.
But an amendment pending before the Senate could change gun policy in the parks and make it more difficult for the Park Service to enforce weapons restrictions as they apply from state to state.
An amendment allowing loaded guns in the parks could:
  • Make poaching of park wildlife easier.

  • Change the relationship between rangers and visitors.

  • Create new safety hazards.
  • Urge the Senate and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to say NO to the loaded guns in parks amendment.
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