Carry in Great Smokey Mountains National Park?

Carry in Great Smokey Mountains National Park?

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    Carry in Great Smokey Mountains National Park?

    As far as I can read and decypher, it is legal to carry in the Great Smokey Mountains In both Nc And Tenn , Is this correct or do I have bad Info?
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    Yes, so long as your permit is recognized in TN or NC. Not legal to carry into any buildings though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tennvol View Post
    Yes, so long as your permit is recognized in TN or NC. Not legal to carry into any buildings though.
    Yes, what he said. Obama signed into law last April that federal parks and trains are differed to state laws for guns.

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    thanks just wanted to be sure
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    Quote Originally Posted by tennvol View Post
    Yes, so long as your permit is recognized in TN or NC. Not legal to carry into any buildings though.
    Very minor point on this. It's illegal to carry into a building where Gov officials, ie park employees, work. And they have to be signed as no weapons. The reason I mention this is that the Smokies is full of cool old buildings and houses. Those are OK to go into. What you can't carry in are the offices, visitor centers, or any building that is staffed. You can't miss the signs either, they are like 18" x 18".

    This one is from Cone Manor on the parkway.

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    Here is the long version..

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/18/I/44/930

    (a) Except as provided in subsection (d), whoever knowingly
    possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous
    weapon in a Federal facility (other than a Federal court facility),
    or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
    not more than 1 year, or both.
    (b) Whoever, with intent that a firearm or other dangerous weapon
    be used in the commission of a crime, knowingly possesses or causes
    to be present such firearm or dangerous weapon in a Federal
    facility, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or
    imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
    (c) A person who kills any person in the course of a violation of
    subsection (a) or (b), or in the course of an attack on a Federal
    facility involving the use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon,
    or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be punished as
    provided in sections 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1117.
    (d) Subsection (a) shall not apply to -
    (1) the lawful performance of official duties by an officer,
    agent, or employee of the United States, a State, or a political
    subdivision thereof, who is authorized by law to engage in or
    supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or
    prosecution of any violation of law;
    (2) the possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon by a
    Federal official or a member of the Armed Forces if such
    possession is authorized by law; or
    (3) the lawful carrying of firearms or other dangerous weapons
    in a Federal facility incident to hunting or other lawful
    purposes.

    (e)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), whoever knowingly
    possesses or causes to be present a firearm in a Federal court
    facility, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title,
    imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.
    (2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to conduct which is described
    in paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (d).

    (f) Nothing in this section limits the power of a court of the
    United States to punish for contempt or to promulgate rules or
    orders regulating, restricting, or prohibiting the possession of
    weapons within any building housing such court or any of its
    proceedings, or upon any grounds appurtenant to such building.

    So the title CLEARLY states an exemption for other lawful purposes. Now I do not want to be the test case for this but couldn't an organization like GOA or Second Amendment Foundation challenge the ban on CCW in Post offices etc. Last time I checked protection of self WAS still a lawful activity, I mean seriously how often are you going to be hunting in a post office?????

    The last paragraph in my quote clearly carves out an exception for the courts but nowhere does it except park building or Post Offices.

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    I carried on my last trip to the GSMNP. I would hate to run into trouble on the trail when I'm 8 miles up a mountain, in the middle of nowhere, with no soul seen for 7.9 miles. Have fun, be safe, and get off the beaten path.
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    Just one point - an earlier post said a permit valid in NC or TN... given the park straddles the state line, you best have a permit that is valid in BOTH NC and TN... unless you want to keep track of what side of the border you are on at any given point....

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    thanks to all I have a NC CCW and it is also good in Tenn.We are headed out in the morning to Cades Cove to try to see some big Tenn Bucks and Bears.
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    I'll be up at Cades Cove as well on Friday!

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    Gotta love Cade's Cove!

    This seems a useful website...

    Also, this discussion brings the issue of National Parks v. National Forests to mind and how the law for one v. the other might differ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dark View Post
    Gotta love Cade's Cove!

    This seems a useful website...

    Also, this discussion brings the issue of National Parks v. National Forests to mind and how the law for one v. the other might differ.
    In NC it's very different. Nat Forests fall under Gamelands regulation. It's all downhill from there for the average carrier. Talk about a minefield.
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    "To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence." Friedrich Nietzsche

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    First time to travel outside TX with my CCW. I'm traveling to Gatlinburg in a few days. Trying to get info on CCW in TN & the holtels / resorts in the area. Does anyone have any info to help me?

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    You can pretty much carry anywhere as long as it is not posted. Dollywood is posted I don't know of any hotels that are off limits. Shoot me a pm with specifics and I'll give you all the info I have.

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