Concealed Carry in National Parks Suspended — NRA Files Motion To Appeal

Concealed Carry in National Parks Suspended — NRA Files Motion To Appeal

National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association

Washington, DC – -( On Thursday, March 19, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. granted anti-gun plaintiffs a preliminary injunction against implementation of the new rule allowing law-abiding citizens to defend themselves by carrying a concealed firearm in national parks and wildlife refuges.

In Thursday’s ruling, Federal District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued the preliminary injunction against the Department of the Interior rule that took effect on January 9, 2009. The revised rule allowed individuals to carry concealed firearms for self-defense in national parks and national wildlife refuges located in states that allow the carrying of concealed firearms.

Today, NRA filed a notice of appeal in Federal District Court to oppose the preliminary injunction.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, said, “NRA is moving aggressively to protect this common sense rule and that’s why we filed this notice of appeal today. Just as we did not give up the fight to change the old, outdated rule, we will not give up our fight in the courts to defend the rule change. We will pursue every legal avenue to defend the American people’s right of self-defense.”

Until further notice, individuals cannot legally carry loaded, concealed firearms for personal protection in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.

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Larry Hess

I did not know the right to carry a concealed carry on National Park property had been revoked. I know many Veteran's who have concealed carry permits who travel several miles to the Veterans Administration Hospitals across the country to seek medical aide for health issues only to find that once they get there, that the OBAMA bunch has now placed signs prohibiting any weapon from being on the premises, even if left locked securely in the vehicle. This means a person traveling can no longer carry "protection" at anytime for the entire trip since there is no service to… Read more »

Bobbi Wilt

Sorry but this site is so wrong and so out of date and full of lies. The truth is that President Obama overturned what was effectively a 20-year ban on carrying loaded weapons on federal park grounds. But more gun owners lies to make everyone else look as stupid as the gun people are. I don’t own a gun but I don’t care if other people do as long as they understand gun safety and gun storage. But I am so tired of you people lying to try to increase your power. Also, Obama never said he was taking your… Read more »