There's some very good news this morning from the NRA-ILA and the Department of the Interior. Many members of this blog will recall my posts from a few months back urging everyone to take part in the comment period on the proposed rule change that would extend right-to-carry laws in our National Parks. The rule change is good law, it's consistent with Federalist principles, and it brings clarity to a patchwork of confusing and onerous regulations that served only to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners in their own backyards.
I want to personally thank everyone who replied to my requests or responded to my posts and submitted an opinion during the comment period. This rule change is an important victory for 2nd Amendment rights across the country, and now our task is to ensure that it sticks under the Obama Administration and the new Congress.
DOI announced the rule change today and will publish the new regulations in the Federal Register. The new regulations allow right-to-carry permit holders to exercise their Second Amendment rights on national park and wildlife refuges in those states that recognize such permits. The move will provide consistency across our nation’s federal lands and put an end to the patchwork of regulations that governed different lands managed by different federal agencies. In the past, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands allowed the carrying of firearms, while lands managed by DOI did not.
Put simply, what this means is that citizens who are permit-holders or licensed in states with lands managed by the DOI will be able to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights according to the laws existing in their state. It makes sense that they should be able to without worrying about running afoul of federal law. I can never remind people enough that education and concerted action is the single most important guarantor of our right to bear arms, and I want to thank everyone who took part in helping to effect this rule change.
If you haven't done so already, please consider joining the NRA and support local organizations in your state and municipality that support your 2nd Amendment rights. You can see from the past few years of legislative action that it is money well spent on an organization whose single mission is to protect your constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms. It's your freedom, and your liberty. It's up to you to defend it.