26 February 2008

Park Rangers Opposing Reform Of Antiquated Ban On Carry In National Parks

Park Rangers are coming out against the move to reform prohibitions on carry in U.S. National Parks.

I don't know whether it's a control issue, but right now they are the only ones allowed arms to defend themselves when in a national park.

" 'Loaded guns are not needed and are not appropriate in our national parks,' said Doug Morris, a retired park superintendent and member of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees. The plan to reconsider the gun regulations 'could break what is not broken and change the nature of our national parks,' Morris said Monday."
With respect, Mr. Morris, loaded guns in fact are quite appropriate, and the actions of the agency from which you have retired demonstrates such. If rangers don't feel loaded firearm are neede, why do park rangers often carry sidearms.

On Friday, the Interior Department announced it will review firearms laws on lands administered by both the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The department will draw up new rules by April 30 for public comment, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne wrote in a letter to 50 senators who requested the review.

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