Lancaster County is taking a look at park rules, and getting rid of some. Among them are the rules banning firearms in county parks:
Currently, the regulations manual outlaws the carrying of firearms in county parks by anyone except law-enforcement officers.
“Obviously, that is not consistent with the Uniform Firearms Act,” Weiss said.
The Act authorizes people to openly carry handguns in Pennsylvania, or to carry them with a concealed weapons permit, anywhere in the state except for a few places, such as schools and court facilities.
Technically speaking, the act doesn’t authorize open carry. There’s just no law against the practice, and the UFA preempts the counties from making one. But that’s nitpicking. Lancaster County is doing the right thing here, and for that they should be commended. Most of the time, government loves to just add laws. You hardly ever see them looking existing laws over to see if they still make sense. We need more of this.