Judge Blocks Guns in National Parks

Federal judge blocks controversial Bush-era rule allowing concealed firearms in national parks

Get ready to raise those hackles, gun advocates and critics: A federal judge has blocked the controversial Bush administration rule change that allowed concealed weapons in national parks. Since Jan. 9, concealed weapons have been permitted in national parks as long as it doesn’t violate state regulations, but U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly’s preliminary injunction against the rule changes that.

Kollar-Kotelly issued her ruling after the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees filed suit claiming the Bush administration violated several existing laws in their rush to allow guns in national parks. The judge agreed, calling the government’s process in passing the regulation “astoundingly flawed.”

For its part, not even the entire Obama administration is in agreement: The Justice Department was hoping to block any injunctions against the rule.

Our Spidey Sense tells us this issue is far from over. Keep checking the Dirt for updates.

—Ted Alvarez

Judge Blocks Bush Rule Allowing Concealed Weapons in National Parks (Washington Post)