Skip to comments.CCW allowed in National Parks (with some exceptions)
Posted on 07/13/2014 11:37:23 PM PDT by KJC1
FIREARMS IN PARKS
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, was enacted May 22, 2009 and will become effective February 22, 2010. Section 512 of this law; Protecting Americans from Violent Crimes, supersedes the uniform treatment of firearm possession in the national park system outside Alaska under the regulations found at 36 C.F.R. 2.4.
The link above is for Yellowstone.
The exceptions are such that you can’t even enter a restroom facility while carrying. It’s less than worthless, IMO.
Been going to and camping in national parks forever and ALWAYS have a pistol on me for protection.
This would not be news to you, and you can find out which states honor your home state's carry license, where in that state you can and cannot carry, and which states where you must inform the officer if you get pulled over.
It will also tell you which State parks you can carry in.
I guess having one on your self in all of the great out doors is worthless.
Tell that to the back packer in Denali who saved his girl friend and himself.
When he stopped and killed a charging grizzly about a year after the law went into effect.
I guess if one only goes to NPs to spend time in there buildings it isn’t perfect fore sure.
Personally I prefer state parks here in Michigan anyway.
Different rules in AK, my comment relates to the lower 48 and the way most people experience the NPS by going from attractive site to attractive site, i.e. among the various geyser locations in Yellowstone. Thus, desiring to make use of the facilities, such as restrooms, restaurants, or buying a t-shirt at the gift shop, you should know those are no-go locations.
True national parks are fine for ccw but government BUILDINGS in these same parks are not. So the national park kill zones are the visitors centers.
The law states that they have to follow state law in regards to firearms so it depends on what state the NP is in.
So 50 states 50 different rules in the NPs.
But your right they can and do post all their buildings and stop you from carrying in them.
If one goes to the NPs to enjoy their building ect then it can and does pose major problems.
But before the change it was a lot worse.
Well before this went into effect, if you were hiking in a national park in Alaska, the rangers expected you to be carrying a firearm, and might question why if you were not carrying in bear country. Common sense took precedent over the published law in that case.
Didn’t matter what the socialists said either way. You protect your own, especially in the wilds. This is always a situation where Gods law trumps idiot mewlings.