Concealed Weapons And The U.S. National Parks…

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Real Estate Agent with Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc.

This has recently been a hot, contested issue put forth by the National Rifle Association. They would like the U.S. Department of Interior, who is in charge of the National Parks through the National Park Service, to amend the current regulation regarding the carrying of weapons onto National Park and Refuge lands from being unloaded, safely stored firearms to now loaded, concealed firearms. The Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Kempthorne, has opened a 60-day public response to this issue. The end date to send a response to the Secretary of the Interior's office is 30 June 2008.

One of the key points in the NRA's argument is the following which was taken from their site at National Rifle Association.  The key point is "Law-abiding citizens should not be prohibited from protecting themselves and their families while enjoying America's national parks and wildlife refuges".  Now, I'm sorry, but just who are they protecting themselves from? The wildlife? The Park Rangers who are there to protect the visitors? Other law-abiding citizens/visitors? This is simply nothing more than a sub-conscious scare tactic!  I do not have a problem with our citizens wishing to have a gun, but I do see fit to restrict where a gun should be allowed. That restriction should be within our National Park system. No one should wonder whether or not someone near them has a concealed weapon, while they are trying to enjoy what our National Parks have to offer.

This restriction cannot be made more apparent other than from The National Parks Conservation Association, which has been in existence since 1919 to help promote the safety and preservation of our park lands. To learn more about them, visit their site at http://www.npca.org . The following information posted on their site at NPCA, Press Releases addresses issues from Park Rangers and even shows support of the current regulation (unloaded, securely stored firearms...) in a 2007 letter to Congressman Rahall, by the National Park Service Director Mary Bomar.

To view the issue at hand and the Executive Order signed in April 2008, please visit the Department of Interior website at DOI, Firearms Regulation . Also, to learn more about the Department of Interior and the bureaus that they are in charge of, visit their site at http://www.doi.gov

If my great-grandfather, E.K. Burlew, former First Assistant Secretary of the Interior, were alive today, I wonder what his feelings would be on this issue.  Growing up hearing stories about how he handled things, I can only imagine he would not be pleased that this would even be considered. I know that I'm not.

What have you to say about this? I urge you, no matter which way you feel, to let your voice be heard by clicking on the above provided links, by 30 June 2008. It shall be interesting to see what the outcome holds.

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Shaun Wren
AGENTFORLIFE - Lakeland, FL

I agree with the NRA. It is our right to bear arms. To get a concealed weapons permit, you have to go through a class,background check,and pay for a license. They are asking to be able to bring a concealed weapon for protection, not to become a gunslinger that walks through the campsites with a six shooter on their side.

When guns become outlawed-only outlaws will have guns.

 

May 13, 2008 06:50 AM #1
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Thanks Shaun for your comment. This is why I posted this, to be able to give everyone a chance to be able to click on one of the links to voice their opinion either for or against this ammendment. It's not everyday that we citizens get to tell our government what we would like done, so I applaud the Secretary for his effort on this. As I said, I don't have a problem with people owning a gun...it is our right if we choose to do so.

May 13, 2008 07:28 AM #2
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BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

I am not a gun person,as you know....nothing good comes with people and guns!

May 13, 2008 08:39 AM #3
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BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

I am not a gun person,as you know....nothing good comes with people and guns!

May 13, 2008 08:39 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

I know you are not a gun person BLR Guy...again, this is why I posted this one...to give everyone the opportunity to have their voice/opinion heard.

I hope that everyone that views this, will visit the links to express their opinion.

May 13, 2008 01:46 PM #5
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Marc Baysek
Iron Horse Properties, LLC - Rockingham, NC
Iron Horse Properties

You have no reason to wonder if somebody near you has a concealed weapon....it's their right if they have taken the correct steps legally. 

Jun 18, 2008 07:12 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Thanks Marc for stopping by and viewing my posts on this issue.

I don't own a gun, but have a problem with people owning guns, as it is their right to do so. I just wonder why guns should be allowed on National Park property? Or for that matter in any type of park setting?

This is why I posted this first blog and the follow up...I want everyone to be able to let the Interior Department know what their stance is. I think this is one of the best ways to be able to have a ruling on an issue such as this.

Jun 18, 2008 07:23 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Lynsey...Thanks for reading the post. This is why I put it up...to get the word out no matter what side you are on, the government needs to hear!

Jun 26, 2008 04:46 AM #10
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I hike extensively in the backcountry and believe that it is a hiker's responsibility to provide for their own protection and well being. Their are no police, ambulance, fire services out there. Just as a smart hiker carries a first aid and survival kit to deal with emergencies in the field, a concealed firearm is just another piece of emergency equipment. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. The folks who will be carrying concealed firearms in accordance with applicable state laws are responsible and law abiding people and should not be feared. The criminals who are carrying guns will not be affected by this rule change. They have been carrying them all along! That is the paradox of concealed carry legislation, in general! In my years of hiking in remote areas of national parks, I've met some of the nicest people in the world. I've also had some encounters with some Charles Manson types. Fear not the law abiding gun owner!
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