Salazar's Comments on Park CCW


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.455_Hunter
January 23, 2009, 12:35 AM
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/18541664/detail.html#-

New Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar comments today...

Would he consider reversing a decision made in the final weeks of the Bush administration to allow people to carry loaded firearms in the national parks, a U.S. Park Service employee asked, noting that park rangers already face a variety of dangers.

"We'll take a look at that ... I don't have an answer on that right now," replied Salazar, recounting that on his Colorado ranch "I always had a sense of comfort when I had my gun with me."

Asked what 11th-hour regulations from the Bush era that he might want to change, Salazar said he wasn't prepared "to say what we're going to do with any of them at this point."

As CO Attorney General a few years ago, he did rule that the Univ. of Colo. could exempt themselves from the statewide CCW permit system, making their campuses one of the few non-federally mandated places in the state where CCW was actually illegal. :mad: Of course, I can't really say whether CU's charter gave that them authority and he had no choice in the matter. Maybe his reputation as somewhat of an anti is not totally deserved?

I take some comfort in the very forthcoming nature of his quote. There is always hope... :scrutiny:

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Cuda
January 23, 2009, 12:39 AM
He's not totally anti, there may be hope. But now that he works for Obama and not the State of Colorado he may need to follow lock step with his boss.

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roscoe
January 23, 2009, 08:27 AM
Can we get emails through to him on this?

Prince Yamato
January 23, 2009, 12:30 PM
"We'll take a look at that ... I don't have an answer on that right now," replied Salazar, recounting that on his Colorado ranch "I always had a sense of comfort when I had my gun with me."


That's called a political dodge. It's his way of saying, "I really like the idea, but I'm not going to say that because you'll make it front page news and force it to become a major issue for me."

FlaChef
January 23, 2009, 07:12 PM
I know little about this man. But I would take that to mean he wouldn't have instituted the rule, but neither will he reverse it now that it is in place unless his boss directly tells him too.
Of course his boss has already vowed to "look at" that "11th hour rule" (yes i know it was debated for nearly a year and i wouldn't call it last minute either) in particular.

lacoochee
January 23, 2009, 07:25 PM
:mad:

This just makes me mad, had this rule been changed 6 years ago, this would be a non-issue and no one would even think about it. I haven't heard National Forests/NWR's mentioned, the anti's likely don't even know we can carry there.

Lone_Gunman
January 23, 2009, 07:32 PM
A reversal of the National Parks policy would largely be symbolic. I do not think Obama wants to pee off gun owners this soon after being elected.

ArmedBear
January 23, 2009, 07:35 PM
He could do something else, e.g. rule that CCW is no-go in NP towns, but okay in the backcountry.

Would that piss both sides off, or would most people be okay with it?

Do they remember 1994? We'll see.

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