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Speak Up Now On Right-To-Carry In National Parks

Discussion in 'Activism' started by W.E.G., Jun 4, 2008.

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  1. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Member

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    Speak Up Now On Right-To-Carry In National Parks



    Since February 11, 2005, VCDL has twice filed a Petition for Rule
    Making (PRM) with the Department of the Interior. Forty Three
    organizations, representing over one million gun owners, cosigned
    VCDL's PRM.

    Member Dave Yates tells us the comment count stands at 9500 + and we
    are still winning. However there are more anti- comments interspersed.

    As written, the proposed rule is not as strong as we want it.

    If you haven't yet contacted DOI, here is the information:

    To send in your comments to the DOI, click here:

    http://tinyurl.com/5juwn3

    Copy and paste the following text into the "General Comments" box and
    then "Next Step" at the bottom to continue.

    Suggested "General Comments" text:

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    The proposed rule falls far short of what Senator Crapo's letter to
    DOI on December 14th, 2007 requested. The letter, signed by 51
    Senators, asked that National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges
    assimilate the host state's gun laws.

    The rule also falls far short of the Virginia Citizens Defense
    League's Petition for Rule Making sent to DOI and dated January 19,
    2008. Like Senator Crapo's letter, the Petition, representing over
    one million gun owners, requested that the gun laws for the host state
    be assimilated.

    The proposed rule needs to assimilate state law in a similar manner as
    National Forests do for the lawful carry of weapons for self-defense.
    That would make the rules for such carriage of self-defense weapons in
    National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and National Forests the
    same and consistent with the laws of the state surrounding the parks
    and refuges.

    Please change the wording of the rules as follows, which would make
    the regulation of carry commensurate with standards of the host state,
    while removing the nebulous and confusing wording about "similar lands":

    "A person may possess, carry, and transport loaded, and operable
    firearms or other weapons within a national park area in the same
    manner, and to the same extent, that a person may lawfully possess,
    carry, and transport loaded and operable firearms or other weapons in
    the state in which the federal park, or that portion thereof, is
    located, provided that such possession, carrying and transporting
    otherwise complies with applicable federal and state law."

    And for National Wildlife Refuges:

    "A person may possess, carry, and transport loaded, and operable
    firearms or other weapons within a national wildlife refuge area in
    the same manner, and to the same extent, that a person may lawfully
    possess, carry, and transport loaded and operable firearms or other
    weapons in the state in which the federal wildlife refuge, or that
    portion thereof, is located, provided that such possession, carrying
    and transporting otherwise complies with applicable federal and state
    law."

    Existing poaching laws will serve to deter poaching in National Parks
    and Wildlife Refuges, just as they do on state land
     
  2. WayneConrad

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    No mention of the requirement that you'll have to carry concealed?

    I urge everyone commenting to request that the conceal-carry requirement be removed. It's unnecessary and especially burdensome in states where open-carry is common such as Arizona.
     
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