Skip to comments.Chicago-style gun ban in Ozark National Forest(AR)
Posted on 02/12/2010 5:48:51 AM PST by marktwain
As related in a previous article, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crossed the boundaries of their law-making power in 1995. In March of 1997, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled the AGFCs power to regulate the manner of taking game certainly does not translate into a general power to regulate the general possession of all firearms This ruling, however, did not stop the AGFC from enacting even stricter gun laws.
Memorandum of Cooperation In recent years, the U.S. Forest Service and the AGFC have entered into a Memorandum Of Cooperation between the two agencies. Under this agreement, the AGFC has agreed to manage the enormous 1.2 million acres of the Ozark National Forest with Wildlife Management Area regulations. In an email from the law enforcement department from the AGFC, a representative stated the Ozark National Forest is considered WMA, whether it is White Rock, Piney, Sylamore, Mt. Magazine, or Ozark National Forest WMA.
"It shall be unlawful to hunt, trap or possess a killing device in any wildlife management area"
Chicago-style gun ban Using this agreement and Wildlife Management Area regulations, the AGFC is enacting a Chicago-style gun ban in the Ozark National Forest, an enormous area that encompasses 1.2 million acres of the state. In addition, the entire WMA system covers almost 3.2 million acres total! The pertinent regulation, AGFC Wildlife code 20.01, reads: It shall be unlawful to hunt, trap or possess a killing device in any wildlife management area. Recently, the Game and Fish Commission used these WMA regulations to infringe upon individual gun rights.
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Most national forests across the US are just the place that you want to be armed, even more so that national parks. The forests are more isolated and have less visitors. A nice place for criminals to hang out. I live in Indiana, where we have one of the highest number of meth labs. You don’t want to walk up on a working meth lab.
I go trout fish on the White River and ride my motorcycle throught the forest on Push Mountain Highway and the surrounding area once or twice a year.
Last year, I stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. Saw a group of guys looking at an array of handguns on one of the guy's trucks. Turns out they like to hunt the wild boars down there with higher caliber handguns. They won't like this ban at all.
Ditto here in Missouri. Lots of woods including big parks. Latest survey shows Missouri is # 1 in meth production.
If people were armed, coeds like Meredith Emerson might put up a fight against degenerate killers and hurt them, and we can't have that!
LOL...being an Arkansan, I can tell you that they can pass whatever rules and laws they want to, but those in Washington, Boone, Newton Counties (Ozarks) will only snicker at it. The only thing the boys up in the Ozarks fear is Alcohol Beverage Control officers and new Wildlife officers....that is, until they get “broke in” by the locals. The law up in those counties truely respect (and fear) the citizenry....one of the last bastions of freedom according to Jeffersonian definition.
I hope that spirit of freedom never disappears!
WHITE ROCK is a mighty big area for game wardens to cover!
A game warden could get lost back in there and never seen again!
I’ll keep this in mind as we pack for our vacation in July. We’re making a circuit through Arkansas visiting various historical places and my mother’s side of the family family cemetery.
The only trouble in planning so far is where to go fishing that isn’t overrun with “tourists”!