Skip to comments.Park Ranger addresses Knoxville TFA group(TN)
Posted on 04/15/2010 5:42:41 AM PDT by marktwain
Tuesday, April 6, Great Smoky Mountain National Park Ranger Bill Wright spoke to the monthly meeting of the Knoxville chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). Wright is the chief law enforcement officer in the park. His rangers are responsible for all law enforcement in the park, in both Tennessee and North Carolina, since the Park straddles the state line.
Earlier this year, on February 22, a 94 year ban on firearms in National Parks was lifted. Persons with "facially valid" carry permits may now carry firearms in the Park, under the laws of the state they are in. That is, when in the Tennessee part of the Park, Tennessee law applies, and likewise with North Carolina. If you are from Vermont, which has legal Constitutional Carry, but no permitting process, you may not carry in the park. A state permit is required.
Long guns may be carried in a vehicle, if allowed by state law. Tennessee currently allows people with handgun carry permits to carry a long gun (rifle or shotgun) in a vehicle, as long as there is not a round in the chamber. Wright cautioned that the long gun may not be removed from the vehicle while in the Park.
Wright also discussed where handguns may not be carried, which is any Federal facility. This would include any facility occupied by Park personnel, and he said that all these facilities are posted. Restrooms, according to Wright, are not classified as Federal facilities, and are not posted. If you carry in the Park, be sure and avoid posted areas, like you would do in Federal facilities in Knoxville.
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After reading the entire article, I am cautiously optimistic. It sounds like this Ranger has done a good job of learning the relevant law, and advising his subordinates as well.
Also, thanks very much for posting this. Until now, I had no idea the TFA has a monthly meeting of a chapter here in Knoxville. I will be checking it out. Thanks!