Yosemite National Park: Gun Policy

Yosemite National Park: Gun Policy

This is a discussion on Yosemite National Park: Gun Policy within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I just saw this on Yosimite's (California) web site: Firearms As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess ...

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    Yosemite National Park: Gun Policy

    I just saw this on Yosimite's (California) web site:

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    As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

    It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, visit the California Attorney General's website.

    Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

    Discharging a firearm for any reason is illegal.
    Discharging a firearm for any reason is illegal??? Whats the point of being allow to carry in a national park if it is illegal for you to defend yourself with it???


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    It is especially Illegal in CA to defend yourself. That is what Cops are for.
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    I like this part the best:
    It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, visit the California Attorney General's website.
    Does that mean if I am OC'ing in MO, WY, or ID and in Yellowstone park that no one should be doing a MWAG call. And if they do are they not in compliance with the rules that says that all visitors need to know the laws, not just gun owners?
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    you can have the gun but you cant shoot it to defend yourself, and if i had to guess you cant show it either because that's brandishing! so really your walking around with a heavy paper weight in your belt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diver1102 View Post
    you can have the gun but you cant shoot it to defend yourself, and if i had to guess you cant show it either because that's brandishing! so really your walking around with a heavy paper weight in your belt.
    You can OC in WY, MT, and ID while in Yellowstone

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdhog View Post



    Discharging a firearm for any reason is illegal??? Whats the point of being allow to carry in a national park if it is illegal for you to defend yourself with it???
    I think this means that people shouldn't go around plinking or target practicing. They don't need a bunch of bullets flying around Yellowstone. I'm sure there are plenty of yahoo's that would like playing shoot'em up out in the wilderness. Self defense is obviously allowed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig35seven View Post
    I think this means that people shouldn't go around plinking or target practicing. They don't need a bunch of bullets flying around Yellowstone. I'm sure there are plenty of yahoo's that would like playing shoot'em up out in the wilderness. Self defense is obviously allowed.
    Exactly.

    http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisi...dance-2010.pdf

    Although it is now legal to carry loaded guns in
    national parks, guns cannot be fired except in
    rare circumstances.
    Just use common sense, folks. Both while carrying and while reading laws. I've never seen a law, rule or ordinance dealing with shooting firearms anywhere that didn't have an exception for use to defend yourself.

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    TARGET SHOOTING IN YOSEMITE WOULD BE A BAD THING, AS THERE IS LIKELY TO SOMEOEN BEHIND EVERY TREE. Whoops caplock. The park is heavily visited and the bears seem to have ranger escorts when in camps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdhog View Post
    Discharging a firearm for any reason is illegal??? Whats the point of being allow to carry in a national park if it is illegal for you to defend yourself with it???
    No point except survival, despite being criminalized for being the one left standing. Amazingly illogical, ain't it? It's what "control" is all about.

    Still, survival of a deadly situation is the point. If survival's achieved, then dealing with the inevitable state-sponsored unwarranted crucifixion should be a walk in the park by comparison. It is what it is.

    IMO, the crafters of such policies need to change the wording of such things to be: lawful uses acceptable; unlawful uses will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law ... or something similar. Anything else is a planned minefield to trap the unsuspecting in a web of criminalization that cannot be avoided.
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    Well since this thread is about Yosemite NP and not Yellowstone, I doubt the state laws on MT, WY and ID have much relevance there. No out of stater will be able to carry (unless carrying under LEOSA) there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Well since this thread is about Yosemite NP and not Yellowstone, I doubt the state laws on MT, WY and ID have much relevance there. No out of stater will be able to carry (unless carrying under LEOSA) there.
    In post #3 I already stated I made a Boo Boo (pun intended)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKR View Post
    Just use common sense, folks. Both while carrying and while reading laws. I've never seen a law, rule or ordinance dealing with shooting firearms anywhere that didn't have an exception for use to defend yourself.
    I have. Aurora, CO, for instance. Notice that there's an out clause for LEOs in the performance of duty, nothing for non-LEO. Unless you're defending yourself at a shooting range, I suppose.

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    If I lived in Aurora I would be writing the city attorney asking what would happen if a citizen fired a shot in self defense, especially considering section 3 of Article II of the state constitution that declares that " all persons have certain inalienable rights, which include the right to defend their lives and liberties".

    Thank you for posting that.

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    Google "affirmative defense"
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