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National Park Rule in Effect

The rule that forces National Parks to comply with state law on concealed carry is now in effect.  For how long remains to be seen, but we can expect the legal fight on the matter to continue.  For now, however, the rule is in effect.

6 Responses to “National Park Rule in Effect”

  1. Rwilson452 says:

    I would note that this does not affect those “parks and rec areas” administered to by the Army Corps of Engineers. We have many of these up north here. Where dams were built and Rec. areas surround the lake made by it.

  2. Sebastian says:

    Are guns off limits in those places? Or do they follow state law like most other federal lands?

  3. Rwilson452 says:

    Hear it is:

    TITLE 36 – PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC PROPERTY

    CHAPTER III – CORPS OF ENGINEERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

    PART 327 – RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING PUBLIC USE OF WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ADMINISTERED BY THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS

    327.13 – Explosives, firearms, other weapons and fireworks.

    (a) The possession of loaded firearms, ammunition, loaded projectile firing devices, bows and arrows, crossbows, or other weapons is prohibited unless: (1) In the possession of a Federal, state or local law enforcement officer; (2) Being used for hunting or fishing as permitted under 327.8, with devices being unloaded when transported to, from or between hunting and fishing sites; (3) Being used at authorized shooting ranges; or (4) Written permission has been received from the District Commander.

    (b) Possession of explosives or explosive devices of any kind, including fireworks or other pyrotechnics, is prohibited unless written permission has been received from the District Commander.

  4. Sebastian says:

    Interesting. I didn’t realize that. What’s the penalty for violation?

  5. Rwilson452 says:

    I don’t know what the penalty is. I guess you would need to ask a ranger. Around here I suspect they would just kick you out unless you were being difficult. That might lead to a federal trespass beef.

  6. Xrlq says:

    On the positive side, I understand that the new regulation apparently covers all states that generally allow concealed carry and don’t specifically prohibit it in national parks, even if they do prohibit it in state parks. Caveat: IANAL (OK, actually IAAL but I haven’t personally researched this so don’t even think of relying on it).

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