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Posted: 6/4/2008 5:22:38 AM EDT
Speak Up Now On Right-To-Carry In National Parks



Since February 11, 2005, VCDL has twice filed a Petition for Rule  
Making (PRM) with the Department of the Interior.  Forty Three  
organizations, representing over one million gun owners, cosigned  
VCDL's PRM.

Member Dave Yates tells us the comment count stands at 9500 + and we  
are still winning.  However there are more anti- comments interspersed.

As written, the proposed rule is not as strong as we want it.

If you haven't yet contacted DOI, here is the information:

To send in your comments to the DOI, click here:

tinyurl.com/5juwn3

Copy and paste the following text into the "General Comments" box and  
then "Next Step" at the bottom to continue.

Suggested "General Comments" text:

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The proposed rule falls far short of what Senator Crapo's letter to  
DOI on December 14th, 2007 requested.  The letter, signed by 51  
Senators, asked that National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges  
assimilate the host state's gun laws.

The rule also falls far short of the Virginia Citizens Defense  
League's Petition for Rule Making sent to DOI  and dated January 19,  
2008.  Like Senator Crapo's letter, the Petition, representing over  
one million gun owners, requested that the gun laws for the host state  
be assimilated.

The proposed rule needs to assimilate state law in a similar manner as  
National Forests do for the lawful carry of weapons for self-defense.  
That would make the rules for such carriage of self-defense weapons in  
National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and National Forests the  
same and consistent with the laws of the state surrounding the parks  
and refuges.

Please change the wording of the rules as follows, which would make  
the regulation of carry commensurate with standards of the host state,  
while removing the nebulous and confusing wording about "similar lands":

"A person may possess, carry, and transport loaded, and operable  
firearms or other weapons within a national park area in the same  
manner, and to the same extent, that a person may lawfully possess,  
carry, and transport loaded and operable firearms or other weapons in  
the state in which the federal park, or that portion thereof, is  
located, provided that such possession, carrying and transporting  
otherwise complies with applicable federal and state law."

And for National Wildlife Refuges:

"A person may possess, carry, and transport loaded, and operable  
firearms or other weapons within a national wildlife refuge area in  
the same manner, and to the same extent, that a person may lawfully  
possess, carry, and transport loaded and operable firearms or other  
weapons in the state in which the federal wildlife refuge, or that  
portion thereof, is located, provided that such possession, carrying  
and transporting otherwise complies with applicable federal and state  
law."

Existing poaching laws will serve to deter poaching in National Parks  
and Wildlife Refuges, just as they do on state land
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 5:49:50 PM EDT
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