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Lets talk about firearms in National Parks

Discussion in 'Firearms Chat' started by dennishoddy, Apr 2, 2021.

  1. HiredHand

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    I take no issue with people being armed to protect themselves from 2 or 4 legged creatures should it be necessary.
     
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    Bears gotta eat too. Just be sure to video the encounter and have your surviving relatives post it. If it’s me, I’m shooting the bear if I can’t get away otherwise.


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  3. dennishoddy

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    Every state has their own regulations, but the National parks fall under Federal Law.
     
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    Fair enough. I learned state law before traveling through. That said in the National Forest we were in if I read it correctly; if I am not in a building, it doesn't apply, then go to state laws, which; see federal laws. Again not legal advice.
     
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  5. dennishoddy

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    I copied this from the National Park website.
    https://www.nps.gov/articles/firearms-in-national-parks.htm
    Firearms in National Parks
    Possession of Firearms in National Park Units
    In areas administered by the National Park Service, an individual can possess a firearm if that individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm and if the possession of the firearm complies with the laws of the state where the park area is located. 54 U.S.C. 104906.

    It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable Federal, state and local firearms laws and regulations, including laws authorizing or prohibiting concealed carry, before entering a national park. Some parks are located in more than one state or locality which means that the applicable laws may change depending upon where you are located within a park area.

    If a park is located in a jurisdiction where the applicable state and local laws grant reciprocity to non-resident firearm owners, then consistent with the applicable law, the park will equally recognize the reciprocity. For information on state and local laws, please contact the state and locality where the park is located.
    Possession of Firearms in Federal Facilities
    Unless expressly authorized, Federal law prohibits the possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon in NPS facilities. These buildings include, but are not limited to, government offices, visitor centers, ranger stations, fee collection buildings, and maintenance facilities. 18 U.S.C. 930.
    Use of Firearms
    Unless authorized, the use or discharge of a firearm within a park area is prohibited. 36 CFR 2.4(b) and 13.30(c). In parks where hunting is specifically mandated or authorized by federal statute, firearms may be used to hunt in accordance with NPS regulations and state laws. 36 CFR 2.2.

    Visitors should not consider firearms as protection from wildlife.
     
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    "If a park is located in a jurisdiction where the applicable state and local laws grant reciprocity to non-resident firearm owners, then consistent with the applicable law, the park will equally recognize the reciprocity." Again I ask where?
     
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    NPS facilities. These buildings include, but are not limited to, government offices, visitor centers, ranger stations, fee collection buildings, and maintenance facilities.
     
  8. dennishoddy

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    confusing isn't it.
    The feds hated that law being passed but couldn't do anything about it so they make it difficult.
    You can carry anywhere in the park how I read it, but not federal buildings.
     
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    Outhouse is also a building.
     
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    LOL, I'll carry into the outhouse, but as a country boy, I'll find a tree.
     
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