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Guns Allowed In National Parks

New Interior Department rules allow people to carry concealed firearms where state law allows

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It’s official: Gun owners can now carry concealed weapons in some national parks and wildlife refuges, provided they have a permit and the state they are visiting also allows loaded guns in parks. The ruling overturns a two-decade-old law requiring visitors to national parks to keep their weapons unloaded and inaccessible.

The National Rifle Association lobbied heavily for the rule change, and lauded the Interior Department’s decision.

But retired park service employees and other national park advocates were dismayed by the news.

The rule will take effect in about 30 days, and though the Obama administration could eventually overturn it, restarting any regulatory change could take a few years.

What do you think about the rule change? Are you in favor of having concealed guns in national parks, or would you like the next president to attempt to overturn the new rule? Let us know in the comments section.

—Ted Alvarez

New regulation eases ban on guns in national parks (Seattle Times)