Response from my representative. . .if you're interested.
This is the response I got from my representative regarding my request that he support my right to carry legally in National Parks:
Dear Mr. :
Thank you for contacting my office regarding a provision included in the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 to allow loaded guns in national parks. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, I am a co-sponsor of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (H.R. 627) which was signed into law on May 22, 2009 by President Obama. The underlying bill implements a series of regulations to protect consumers from credit card abuses. This bill prevents arbitrary and unfair rate increases and bans exorbitant and unnecessary fees, including fees charged just for paying your bill. It prohibits credit card companies from charging interest on debt that is paid on time, a practice known as double-cycle billing. It also requires card companies to disclose their policies clearly and openly to cardholders, and to notify them when those policies have changed.
As you mentioned, Senator Tom Coburn successfully amended H.R. 627 with a provision that would allow people to carry firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. This overrides the recent decision by a U.S. District Court which blocked a rule put into effect by the Bush Administration that allowed concealed, loaded weapons in our National Parks. After Senator Coburn's amendment was attached to H.R. 627, the bill was sent back to the House to concur on the Senate amendments. The Coburn amendment was voted on as a separate measure and passed without my support by a vote of 279 - 147. The effective date for the Act is nine months from the day President Obama signed the bill into law. As you know, this issue has been somewhat contentious in the new Administration. While I believe that law-abiding adults and non felons, should have the ability to own firearms for hunting, target shooting, recreational purposes, and self-protection, I am also concerned about protecting the safety of visitors to our magnificent national parks so that they may remain safe and accessible for all to enjoy. My goals during future gun safety debates will be to preserve our Second Amendment rights while keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and untrained children.
Very truly yours,
Member of Congress