National Park Carry: MERGED
Bush Administration to Propose New Rule
Regarding Right-to-Carry in National Parks
Friday, February 22, 2008
Fairfax, Va. - At the request of the Bush Administration and 51 members of the United States Senate led by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prohibition of firearms on agency land will be revised in the following weeks. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is leading the effort to amend the existing policy regarding the carrying and transportation of firearms in National Parks and wildlife refuges.
"Law-abiding citizens should not be prohibited from protecting themselves and their families while enjoying America's National Parks and wildlife refuges," said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. "Under this proposal, federal parks and wildlife refuges will mirror the state firearm laws for state parks. This is an important step in the right direction."
These new regulations, when finalized, will provide uniformity across our nation's federal lands and put an end to the patchwork of regulations that governed different lands managed by different federal agencies. In the past, only Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service lands allowed the carrying of firearms, while National Park lands did not.
The current regulations on possession, carry or transportation of loaded or uncased firearms in national parks were proposed in 1982 and finalized in 1983. Similar restrictions apply in national wildlife refuges. The NRA believes it is time to amend those regulations to reflect the changed legal situation with respect to state laws on carrying firearms.
The effect of these now-outdated regulations on people who carry firearms for self-protection was far from the forefront at the time these regulations were adopted. As of the end of 1982, only six states routinely allowed citizens to carry handguns for self-defense. Currently, 48 states have a process for issuance of licenses or permits to allow law-abiding citizens to legally carry firearms for self-defense.
The move for regulatory change by the Administration will restore the rights of law-abiding gun owners who wish to transport and carry firearms for lawful purposes in most National Park lands and will make the laws consistent with state law where these lands are located. Fifty-one U.S. Senators from both parties sent a letter to the Department of Interior late last year supporting the move to render state firearms laws applicable to National Park lands.
"These changes will respect the Second Amendment rights of honest citizens, and we look forward to the issuance of a final rule this year," concluded Cox.
Public Comment (For Policy Geeks)
Here's an example (from the Treasury Department and IRS :blink:) of a solicitation for public comment. The Department of the Interior very likely has similar requirements:
See my comments at the end.....
2007-41, 2007-21 I.R.B. 1287
Part III - Administrative, Procedural, and Miscellaneous
Public Comment Invited on Recommendations for 2007-2008 Guidance Priority List
The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service invite public comment on recommendations for items that should be included on the 2007-2008 Guidance Priority List.
Treasury's Office .......and the Service recognize the importance of public input to formulate a Guidance Priority List..... blah blah blah
As is the case whenever significant legislation is enacted, the Treasury Department and the Service have continued to dedicate substantial resources during the current plan year to published guidance projects necessary to implement .......blah blah blah
In reviewing recommendations and selecting projects for inclusion on the 2007-2008 Guidance Priority List, the Treasury Department and the Service will consider the following:
1. Whether the recommended guidance resolves significant issues relevant to many taxpayers;
2. Whether the recommended guidance promotes sound tax administration;
3. Whether the recommended guidance can be drafted in a manner that will enable taxpayers to easily understand and apply the guidance;
4. Whether the Service can administer the recommended guidance on a uniform basis;
5. Whether the recommended guidance reduces controversy and lessens the burden on taxpayers or the Service.
Taxpayers may submit recommendations for guidance at any time during the year. Please submit recommendations by May 31, 2007, for possible inclusion on the original 2007-2008 Guidance Priority List. ...............
Taxpayers are not required to submit recommendations for guidance in any particular format. Taxpayers should, however, briefly describe the recommended guidance...............
Taxpayers should send written comments to:
Internal Revenue Service (address)
or hand deliver comments Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to:
Courier's Desk (address)
Alternatively, taxpayers may submit comments electronically via e-mail to the following address: Notice............
For further information regarding this notice, contact........
If I understood the secretary's letter, she has delegated the responsibility to draft the revised regulations to Laverty. Laverty's Proposed Regs will include a Public Comment directive and comment submission comments similar to the above when released (supposedly by April 30) and will contain a deadline for comment submission.
The Brady Bunch will spend substantial amounts during the Public Comment process, and will seek to subvert the intended directive as much as possible. Additionally, it is not against public policy that members of Congress submit comments, thus we should well expect the standard anti-self-defense Congressional members to be quite active.
The NRA, JPFO, and GOA, and other organizations, as well as all of their members need to be quite pro-active.
I would suggest your original petition could well be submitted with an appropriately worded transmittal letter that defines its original parameters so as to not be misleading.
Additionally, after the proposed regs are published with the comment instructions, it might be a good move to prepare a second petition that supports the proposed regs.
Just my .02, and the example and conjecture on Interior's rule making process reflect only my feeble attempt to understand GoobledyGook....:9: