The NRA is announcing that the final rule for National Park Carry has been approved, and will be published in the federal register.Â This is a nice win for us, but it might be the last piece of good news we see on this front for a while.Â The Obama Administration can undo this with an executive order, or [turns out you can’t undo a rule with an EO] through further rule making.
But even if this gets reversed, it feels good to take a poop in the punch bowl of the incoming administration.Â The Bradys will want to get rid of this rule, and we will want to keep it.Â Obama risks pissing off the approximately 2-3 million people who have a concealed carry permits in this country if he reverses this.Â A lot of CCP holders are not hard core political junkies.Â I work with two other people who have them, neither of whom are that involved.Â I even know a few liberal Obama voting Dems who have LTCs!Â This is a tough issue for the new administration.
UPDATE: Final rule is here.
UPDATE: Reading over the rule, it looks like open carry is still out of the question.Â The rule doesn’t appear to make a distinction between rifles, shotguns and pistols, but it mandates concealed.Â So my guess is that a rifle in a vehicle would be fine, if it’s legal under state law.Â In Pennsylvania, and most states, it’s unlawful to have a loaded long gun in a vehicle, license or no.Â Of course, under PA law, an SBR or SBS is not a long gun, and is legal to keep loaded in a vehicle.
UPDATE: Someone points out that buildings are still of limits for concealed carry.Â The reason for this is that regulation of firearms in federal buildings is outside the rulemaking authority of The Department of Interior.Â Those are found in 18 U.S.C. 930, and it would take an Act of Congress to change the law in that matter.Â The National Park Serivce has done what it can under its authority.Â If you want to carry in federal buildings on National Park property, you’ll have to take that up with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (and soon, Obama).