January 8th, 2012 08:56 PM
Tennessee - National Park Carry - No Federal Buildings - What about restrooms?
I've been studying up on the National Park CCW laws lately and everything seems fairly consistent. You can carry in the park but not in the Federal buildings, Visitor's Centers, and such.
But what about restrooms? Most of these seem to be outside the actual offices in a little hallway, like at Frozen Head State Park, for example.
Has anyone encountered or looked into this before?
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January 8th, 2012 08:59 PM
National park buildings must be posted to be included in the carry ban.
That said, I was at the Ft Matanzas national monument, and the restrooms are posted. In face, every door into every structure was posted.
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January 8th, 2012 09:09 PM
If the restrooms are not posted you should be fine but don't quote me on it. For what it's worth, Frozen Head is a State Park and does not fall under the same category as a National Park. It is perfectly legal to carry in a state parks in TN but do not go in a building that is posted.
Originally Posted by SpringerXD
I was at Frozen Head this past summer and I openly carried while there. Before my hike I had a nice talk with a park ranger who was complimenting my Husky. He did not mention my firearm or seem to mind at all.
January 8th, 2012 09:10 PM
I was recently at the fort in downtown St. Augustine when I noticed the gun-buster sign. I struck up a conversation with the female park ranger about the irony of not being able to carry a gun IN A FORT!!. She agreed!
Originally Posted by MattInFla
January 9th, 2012 01:40 AM
Here is some of the text of the code that covers National Park, and all, Federal buildings. I'll post the link to the entire text.
(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.
(1) The term "Federal facility" means a building or part
thereof owned or leased by the Federal Government, where Federal
employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing
their official duties.
18 U.S.C. § 930 : US Code - Section 930: Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities
It would not seem that stand alone bathrooms would fall under this. YMMV. I know one of the visitors center bathrooms on the Blue Ridge Parkway are separate from the center and not posted. If it is signed, it's in your best interest to follow the sign though. And the sign will likely be huge, around 18" x 18". Here is one I found locally.
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January 9th, 2012 08:10 AM
So this means if you "bear" arms you have to poop in the woods?
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