View Full Version : National Park Carry regulations change Needs Help!

04-18-2008, 4:26 PM
From VCDL:


CALL the DOI Legislative Affairs and leave a message for the Secretary
of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne.

Say something like this:

"I urge Secretary Kempthorne to ignore pressure that would delay the
proposed firearms rule and comment period scheduled to being on April
30. Please move forward with implementing the Virginia Citizens
Defense Leagues Petition for Rule Making."


Mr. Kempthorne's telephone number in Washington, DC is: 202-208-7351.


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VCDL Update 4/18/08

1. Contact DOI - they are under pressure to delay changing
regulations in National Parks!

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1. Contact DOI - they are under pressure to delay changing
regulations in National Parks!

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is under pressure from various
groups to delay with its commitment to allow carry in National Parks
as per VCDL's Petition for Rule Making (PRM):


Supreme Court Decision on Heller Case May Impact Firearms Safety Regs
in Our National Parks
Letter to Interior Secretary Asks That Any New Regulations on Guns in
Parks Be Postponed Until After Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - April 17 - Another shot has been fired in the battle
to prevent loaded guns in national parks that don't allow hunting. In
a letter sent to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, a
coalition of groups has asked that the Department of the Interior
postpone issuing its proposed new regulations until the United States
Supreme Court has rendered its opinion in the pending case of whether
the District of Columbia's gun code violates Second Amendment rights.

Under intense political pressure orchestrated by the National Rifle
Association, the Bush Administration has decided to re-open firearms
safety and anti-poaching regulations in the national parks, which were
last updated during the Reagan Administration, for public comment on
April 30. The current regulations allow for guns in the parks as long
as they are unloaded and properly stowed.

The National Parks Conservation Association, the Association of
National Park Rangers, the Ranger Lodge of the Fraternal Order of
Police, and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees stated in
the letter that the Supreme Court case, not likely to be decided until
late June, affords the first opportunity in 70 years to interpret the
scope of the Second Amendment and that it could have profound affects
on gun laws across the country and therefore could affect regulations
in national parks.

As a result, the groups "are concerned that the issuance of a proposed
firearms rule and comment period beginning on April 30 is
premature . . ." and they "request in the strongest possible terms
that the Department of the Interior delay issuing a proposed new rule
regarding Park Service firearm regulations until it is able to fully
take into consideration the Supreme Court's decision in District of
Columbia vs. Heller."

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

Since 1919, the nonpartisan NPCA has been the leading voice of the
American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System.
NPCA, its 340,000 members, and many partners work together to protect
the park system and preserve our nation's natural, historical, and
cultural heritage for generations to come.


04-19-2008, 7:41 AM
Not sure why they want to wait for the SC decision, before starting a comment period. Sounds like a simple delaying tactic. Court's decision, if it goes the way we expect, will support having the same rules in National Parks as State Parks (too bad for us in California).