Open Carry in National Forest?

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    Open Carry in National Forest?

    I have not been able to find any information on this so I will ask some of you.

    As long as you are in an open carry state, is it legal to open carry in a National Forest while hiking? I know I can conceal carry, but it will be easier and have faster access if I open carry while I go to Bankhead National Forest in Alabama.

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    Here ya go, from the horses mouth at,, http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5066182.pdf

    Apparently CC is OK, but OC, maybe. I suppose since they follow state law it is possible, but I would ask the enforcement officer in your district's office.
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    National Parks must follow state laws wherin they are located. That doesn't stop some "activist" rangers from overstepping the law and trying to enforce their liberal bias upon the public. Be prepared with a copy of the state laws.
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    It depends on the laws in your state. If OC is legal in your state, then my understanding is that you are good to go. I have OCed in a national park in my home state (while hiking), and had no problems.
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    Yes.
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    As I can remember, it is alright to open carry in national parks. However the national forest is federal forest (land) within a state and must abide by the state laws. I'll always prefer to concealed carry when possible but that is my choice for which I have my personal reasons. We own property 100% backed by the national Huron forest in Michigan, I have always open carried my pistols and long guns. However if I'm on a trail that will have traffic, i will go back to concealed carry.

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    National Forest always go with the state laws that they are in. I wouldn't want to give up my advantage by going open carry. Being concealed is to your benefit. The guy carrying a gun in the open will be the one the bad guy shoots first.

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    Bear in mind that National PARKS are not the same as National Forests. National Parks are governed by the National Park Service, which is an arm of the Dept. of the Interior.
    National FORESTS fall under the Dept. of Agriculture.

    For the purposes of this discussion, the good news is that a few years ago the NPS relaxed the rules about firearms in National Parks. As had been the case with National Forests, visitors to National Parks may now carry firearms in accordance with the laws of the state in which the Park is located. Note that ranger stations are Federal buildings and you can't carry firearms inside them.
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    I don't think you are allowed to bring guns into state parks in Alabama so how does translate to National Parks/Forests? Is a park a park?

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    State parks is a lot different than forest land and BLM is yet another, the best thing to do for forest land is call the office get the name of who you are talking to and get the facts because some USDA camp grounds you can not carry as well as some trail heads so make sure which place you will be going to and make sure you do not cross into Indian land because that is another animal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farsidefan1 View Post
    National Parks must follow state laws wherin they are located. That doesn't stop some "activist" rangers from overstepping the law and trying to enforce their liberal bias upon the public. Be prepared with a copy of the state laws.
    Before I saw what FarSideFan had to say I was going to say AFAIK go with it. There is a National Forest near my AO. Wherever I go I am armed. Take that as you will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepCreeper View Post
    As I can remember, it is alright to open carry in national parks. However the national forest is federal forest (land) within a state and must abide by the state laws. I'll always prefer to concealed carry when possible but that is my choice for which I have my personal reasons. We own property 100% backed by the national Huron forest in Michigan, I have always open carried my pistols and long guns. However if I'm on a trail that will have traffic, i will go back to concealed carry.

    I don't know if this will help or not
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyK View Post
    I don't think you are allowed to bring guns into state parks in Alabama so how does translate to National Parks/Forests? Is a park a park?
    No, State Parks are different possibly. You need to check your state laws.
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    MY understanding in Natl Parks is that yes, they follow State law. So if state law allows OC it's OK. However in a state like AZ which allows permit free (constitutional) concealed carry, you can NOT carry in Natl Parks (i.e. the Grand Canyon) without also holding a State CCW permit. In states that do require a CCW anyway the point is moot.

    This is my understanding, YMMV.
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    I live next to a National Forest (Land Between the Lakes) in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Firearms are NOT permitted except during hunting season and the hunter MUST have a NFS issued hunting permit.

    The fine is rather heavy and your firearm WILL be confiscated !!!

    The only exception is you may have a firearm in your vehicle while traveling thru the National Forest on Highway 68/80 or the North/South road (forgot the number). If you have to stop leave the firearm in your vehicle-LOCKED !!

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