Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Interior Department to Consider Easing Gun Restrictions

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Interior Department to Consider Easing Gun Restrictions

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Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said recently that the Interior Department will review gun laws for National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service lands.

Currently, visitors to NPS and FWS sites must unload their guns and secure them in a location not easily accessible, such as a car trunk. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) organized letters from a group of senators to request a review of the laws. Kempthorne says that updating the 1983 laws is a logical consideration.

Groups such as the National Rifle Association are pushing for fewer restrictions. Chris Cox, NRA chief lobbyist, said, "Law-abiding citizens should not be prohibited from protecting themselves and their families while enjoying America's National Parks and wildlife refuges."

Additionally, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) proposed an amendment to existing legislation (S. 2483) that would allow the carrying of loaded guns in National Parks.

But many park and conservation groups staunchly oppose the easing of gun regulations on park land. …

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