Forget What You’ve Heard: Leave Your Gun at Home When Coming to Yosemite

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The Washington DC District Court has issued an injunction against a recent law that would allow firearms in National Parks.

NPS: On March 19, 2008, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Temporary Injunction which enjoins the NPS from implementing or enforcing the Final Rule published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2008, that amends 36 C.F.R. § 2.4 to allow persons to “possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable firearms within a national park in accordance with the laws of the state in which the national park, or that portion thereof, is located, except as otherwise prohibited by applicable Federal law.” The court has ordered that the NPS must enforce the regulation as it appeared prior to the above amendment. This is a Temporary Injunction which will remain in place until the court makes a final ruling and issues any subsequent orders in this case. We do not know when that final ruling will be issued. By court order, we are enforcing the regulation as it appeared prior to the Final Rule of December 10, 2008. Because this involves ongoing litigation, we (NPS) cannot discuss details about the case other than to refer folks to the court documents.

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2 commentsOn Forget What You’ve Heard: Leave Your Gun at Home When Coming to Yosemite

  • Was a group appealing this decision that led to the injunction? Being a police officer myself, it is frustrating that I “can’t be trusted” with a firearm in a national park. Evidently crime doesn’t happen in national parks.

    • Not sure who was appealing it. I think as a police officer you can show your id and you’re good aren’t you? Not sure what the laws are but there are plenty of law enforcement NPS personnel who read this. Maybe they can shed some light?

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