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Victory at Last: House Passes National Park Gun Ban Repeal
 
May 20, 2009

 
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today that included an amendment to repeal the gun ban on National Park Service (NPS) land and wildlife refuges. 
The amendment, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and attached to a credit card industry reform bill, passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 279-147.

For decades, law-abiding citizens have been prohibited from exercising their Second Amendment rights on NPS land and wildlife refuges, even if the state in which the land is located allows carrying firearms.

With some limited exceptions for hunting, the only way to legally possess a firearm anywhere in a national park is by having it unloaded and inaccessible, such as locked up in an automobile trunk.  A Bush administration regulation partially reversed the ban, but that action was singlehandedly negated recently by an activist judge in Washington, D.C.  The Department of Interior decided not to appeal that ruling.

Senator Coburn believes, like you do, that Americans should not be forced to sacrifice their Second Amendment rights when entering NPS land and wildlife refuges.

GOA worked with Coburn on an amendment that simply allows for state and local laws -- instead of unelected bureaucrats and anti gun activist judges -- to govern firearm possession on these lands.

The anti-gun leadership in both the House and Senate went berserk and fought to keep the Coburn amendment from being attached to the underlying bill.  Sparks were flying on the floor of the House of Representatives today. Read more

Source: Gun Owners of America
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I hope it gets through the Senate and then Obama doesn't veto it.  I guess it was a shrewd move by Sen. Coburn to tack it onto the credit card bill, one of Obama's pet causes right now.  This is one of those situations where perhaps adding pork is a good thing.
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 Good news!
 Very good news indeed!
 Thanks for posting that Chris, it was the first I heard of that and it made my DAY!!!
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