According to this press release from the NRA, persons with concealed weapons permits will now be permitted to carry in Federal parks and wildlife refuges. Small victory for freedom and the Second Amendment.
The new rule, which takes effect today, allows Right-to-Carry permit holders to carry concealed firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges in states that recognize their permits. The new rule will also 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.
As expected, the Brady bunch has already filed a lawsuit of hysterical proportions against it.
Not surprisingly, the first to jump on the “banned” wagon was the anti-gun Brady Campaign, in a lawsuit filed against the DOI in federal court, seeking to have the new rule struck down. The National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees have also filed a similar suit.
Brady contends that people have a right to visit parks without fear of permit-holders carrying guns. The contention is ludicrous, of course, since to get to a park requires people to travel through places where permit-holders abound, without posing any threat whatsoever.
If there really are people who walk around in fear that some idiot is going to pull out a gun and shoot them, then they should think twice before entering a so-called ‘gun-free’ zone, where only the criminals will be armed. Under extraordinary circumstances, a law abiding citizen lawfully carrying a concealed weapon for self-protection could save your life too. In this case, the fear that the Brady Campaign harbors is misplaced.
related: NW Florida residents can get information about obtaining a concealed weapons permit at one of many gun shows in the state and around the country. They are not the only source, but are the most convenient. The next one in Pensacola is Feb. 7-8, 2009 at the Interstate Fairgrounds. FAQ