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  • Interior Officials Release Rule Change to Allow National Park Visitors to Arm Themselves   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Peter, you overlook the fact that there are numerous cases of "law-abiding" CCW holders who have been charged with crimes, that there are many cases of CCW holders whose weapons have been involved in accidental shootings (more than a few involving young children), and that the Coburn amendment goes beyond CCW in saying who can arm themselves in national parks.

    Indeed, anyone who has a firearm, whether it's covered by a CCW permit or a hunting license, will be able to tote a firearm in a national park. And you overlook the fact that different states have different standards that individuals must meet to obtain a CCW.

    And, as has been pointed out earlier, this rule change could actually embolden criminals, as they now will be able to openly carry weapons without fear of a ranger stopping to ask them what they're up to.

    Then, too, there are those who say they must have a firearm to defend themselves from wildlife. That type of comment indicates 1) how little these folks know about wildlife and encounters in the parks and 2) that they just might be a little trigger happy in the extremely small likelihood that they would actually see a wild animal during their visit.

    Sadly, I do not see passage of this amendment as societal progress.

  • Interior Officials Release Rule Change to Allow National Park Visitors to Arm Themselves   5 years 19 weeks ago

    I believe a citizen has a right to protect themselves whereever. As long as they are not prohibited from owning a firearm. The only people that would poach or violate the law are law violators and those people will carry guns illegally and will not adhere to the laws preventing guns in national parks. Your law abiding permit carrying citizen is not going to draw a weapon unless there is an immediate threat to human life. They are not going to risk their permit to carry by breaking any laws. Permit carriers are rarely involved in situations where they violate any laws intentionally. The argument that there would be more poaching or spontaneous shooting of animals is not by any means a valid argument. There does not seem to be any valid argument against carrying guns in national parks. All the arguments I have heard have to do with law abiding citizens breaking the law and risking their status as a permit holder. you have to remember that permit holders are screened and issued a permit because they are not law breakers. The issue of banning weapons in parks would only create a safe place for criminals to be able to commit crimes against law abiding citizens knowing they can go to these places with their illegal weapons and not meet much resistance since the law abiding citizen is likely not going to be able to defend themselves in these places against an armed law breaker. A law banning the carrying of firearms by law abiding citizens should have with it the right to sue the national parks and the government in the event something were to happen to a citizen in those places and they were not able to defend themselves due to the law.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Perhaps someone can explain some things to me. Will guns be allowed in the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell? If not, what law will stop them?

    How about the birthplace of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.? Seems particularly wrong to have guns in the homes of our leaders who were violently killed by guns.

    How will the NPS deal with guns at Alcatraz and the St. Louis Arch? How about the Washington Monument and Federal Hall?

    Just wondering.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Guns will not make the parks unsafe, people who act stupidly with guns will make anywhere unsafe
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    No argument there! Unfortunately, there's no shortage of examples to verify that statement.

    Under the previous regulations, there were at least some controls to reduce the immediate availability of loaded guns, including rifles and shotguns, in parks. The idiots who use firearms irresponsibly at least had to keep them out of sight. When they didn't, and when rangers spotted those weapons, they could take appropriate action without being forced to wait until shots were fired.

    Under the new approach, there are no controls over that small percentage of people who will act stupidly with guns - until after they have done something that endangers others. Bottom line - parks will now be just like the "anywhere" referred to above - the rest of the country in terms of the higher potential for gun-related incidents. In my book, that's not progress.

    My suggested name for the new bill: The Poachers and Vandals Stimulus Act.

    And, yes - I'm a gun owner, but I haven't felt any need to cart them along when I visit a park.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Guns will not make the parks unsafe, people who act stupidly with guns will make anywhere unsafe.

    There have been gun-related arrests in the parks in the past and you never heard a peep about it, now see what the anti-gun media does to the next arrest. I can just see it now, the leftists doing their war dance of “I told you so”.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    "If my family is hiking and encounter a predator thinking we are food, I'd like to have a device to keep ourselves safe. However, gun is just a tool, nothing more and nothing less. If use with care and responsibility, it could save lives." Anonymous.

    With all due respect, the chance of you or a member of your family being eaten by a predator in a national park is too small to calculate. Between a gun and a natural predator - you are in far more danger of accidently shooting yourself or one of your family or even some innocent bystander. Guns will not make the parks safer - just the opposite.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    If my family is hiking and encounter a predator thinking we are food, I'd like to have a device to keep ourselves safe. However, gun is just a tool, nothing more and nothing less. If use with care and responsibility, it could save lives.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 19 weeks ago

    how many times have you used it illegally? many people respect the animals, there is a difference. A lot of people love the animals and wish for their success. when the bears are obviously around slough creek, they cordon it off, because its a small campground area that is more remote. quit misleading people who have never been there, ridiculous.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Re: RemynRay's comment:

    The problem with the NO firearms in the parks is that those of us that include other activities besides going to a park (a single point destinaton for an entire vacation) either forces one to not be totally honest or skip visiting some of our finest treasures, the National Parks.

    Therein lies one of the misconceptions about the previous regulation. It did not prohibit anyone bringing a legally possessed firearm into a park, so there was no need to "skip visiting" any park. Visitors carrying a weapon that was legal outside the boundary of that park simply had to unload it and secure it in the trunk of the vehicle or similar secure location while they were in the park. The system worked well for years for the vast majority of park visitors, but of course that's now a moot point.

    Re: Rick's comment:

    It'll actually be safer now because the criminals might think you have a gun and won't bother you. That's a fact.
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    Ironically, because the Coburn amendment apparently goes far beyond allowing individuals with CCL's to be armed in parks, this action will actually make things easier for all of those criminals presumed to be lurking in the parks, waiting to prey on innocent visitors. Under the previous regulations, at least those folks had to be discrete and keep their weapons out of sight. In Coburn's brave new world, the bad guys as well as honest folk are free to keep their long guns as well as handguns close at hand.

    Yep, I sure feel safer knowing that the bad guys as well as the honest folks are now free to cruise the park roads and campgrounds with their loaded rifles and shotguns at the ready.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    RoadRanger says, "This legislation sets the stage for the opportunity to collect hard data on the impact of concealed carry in the parks" There's already hard data that's been collected 40 times in the 40 states that have implemented concealed carry laws. It's been a non-issue. RoadRanger also says, "there simply isn't enough data for a sound, scientific decision supporting the prohibition." Exactly. That's why the regulation has been eliminated and concealed carry rights will soon be law where applicable.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    This legislation sets the stage for the opportunity to collect hard data on the impact of concealed carry in the parks. You could say this is the information stage in a significant experiment. If that information leads to a verifiable increase in resource damage or violence, the question must be revisited. At this point it seems to me there simply isn't enough data for a sound, scientific decision supporting the prohibition. I suspect there will be little impact from law-abiding, permitted citizens carrying legal weapons in the parks. I would never advocate such a trial if I felt it posed a significant threat to anyone. A key element will be how much the legislation increases illegal weapons in parks. On the other hand, there's no question that an increasingly violent criminal element armed with far superior illegal weapons will continue to be a growing threat especially to officer safety. This is particularly true in western and southwestern parks on or near the border, and in urban parks, in general.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    I said a long time ago we would prevail. The Chicken Littles here will run around in circles claiming, most surely, it's the end of the world and no one is safe. But they never say that about the criminals who have been doing the actual killing, raping, assaulting and robbing at will. And my guess is Bambi and the trees ad signs will probably start squawking, too. "Assault rifles." I chuckle every time I hear the clueless people tossing this one around :^) The best one I read was now the cops in one city will be getting "military style weapons" but we gun owners get to have our "large capacity clips" and "assault weapons."

    Seriously, the gun-haters need to focus their energy and anxiety on something that is actually illegal, rather than a Constitutionally protected right. Get over it and enjoy your walk in the park. It'll actually be safer now because the criminals might think you have a gun and won't bother you. That's a fact.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Apparently John Waterman is unfamiliar with the legislative process in this country.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    The so-called credit card victory is actually another victory for the NRA. I am outraged that Congress allowed HR627 to pass with the inclusion of the Coburn amendment. This rider would allow individuals to openly carry assault rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic weapons in national parks if the firearm is in compliance with state law. With this rider, the National Park Service would be forced to allow loaded guns in parks, battlefields, historic sites and monuments after decades of requiring guns to be unloaded and stored when traveling through these national treasures. The safety in our national parks is in jeopardy, putting both visitors and resources at considerable risk. How could Congress allow this to happen to our beautiful national parks and refuges. THIS IS SHAMEFUL!

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Typical of the anti gun groups. They always predict catastrophic results if responsible citizens are allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights. That was the mantra when the concealed carry law was debated here several years ago. Since the law has passed, none of the predictions have happened.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Think this new law is going to bring problems especially at crowded parks like Yosemite. Had read blogs about arguments and noise complaints during high peak season. Sadly, as we all know in order to reverse or make new changes to a policy, National Unwritten SOP states a tragedy or tragedies has to occur first. Hopefully our hiking crew wont be at that camp site when bullets start to fly.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    The problem with the NO firearms in the parks is that those of us that include other activities besides going to a park (a single point destinaton for an entire vacation) either forces one to not be totally honest or skip visiting some of our finest treasures, the National Parks. With this new legislation we can now visit more places and vary our vacations for a much more memorable time. RemynRay

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Are there any groups that support concealed carry in National Parks by those citizens who have a permit to carry within that state? You did a great job listing those who objected albeit onesided.

  • National Park Quiz 55: Climbing   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Tahoma: Nice going, and thanks for the info about the fee at Mt. Rainier.

  • Memorial Day Weekend Events in the Nation's Capital   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Rolling Thunder - the other big event in DC on Memorial Day Weekend takes place in part on the National Mall.

    There is an event on Saturday at the Reflecting Pool at the Base of the Lincoln Memorial. And another on Sunday in the same location.

    Full info on the Rolling Thunder events are at http://www.rollingthunder1.com/

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 19 weeks ago

    It's a done deal. The House of Representatives passed H.R.627 today which included an amendment to repeal the gun ban on National Park Service (NPS) land and wildlife refuges.

    The Coburn amendment passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 279-147. Logic and the U.S. Constitution (as well as state law regarding concealed carry) prevails.

  • Artist-in-Residence. Great Benefit National Parks Offer to Painters, Sculptors, Writers and More   5 years 19 weeks ago

    This is a article most worthy of positive comment that reflects the true spirit of the National Parks through the eyes of the poet, the writer and artist. Better to see more paint brushes in the parks then guns...and more guns. Good story Kurt!

  • Comment Now: General Gun Regulations for Areas Administered By the National Park Service   5 years 19 weeks ago

    I agree, the 2nd says No infringement. I am nearly 60 and not once have my guns run out and killed anyone. Gun control means simply knowing where the muzzle is pointed. But then again, Janet Napolitano did declare me a terrorist threat because I am a vet. Maybe I shouldn't own a gun at all, not sure if I would trust myself. Not really, just giving all the gun control nuts something to talk about. Which one of the other amendments would you people like to ignore?

  • National Park Quiz 55: Climbing   5 years 19 weeks ago

    My best quiz score ever, only missed #2, plus both extra credit.

  • Traveler Tip: Staying On Top Of News From Mount Rainier National Park   5 years 19 weeks ago

    "VisitRainier" is a "One Stop Shop"! It has everything you need to plan your trip.... and a little extra to make your trip super special! Thanks a million!