If this "Don't Ask Don't Tell" bill is going to pass due to the Democrats in Congress ... since it affects ARMY regulations etc. ... why not attach language ... something permitting States to control whether we may carry or not on USACE recreational property/parks/lakes? (Which actually DOES affect Interstate Commerce/tourism, so Congress actually should have authority to do THAT.)
SIMILAR to language they attached regarding National Parks etc ... to the Credit Card Bill?
I hope the NRA can do something.
A bill currently in debate in the Senate would change the Department of Defense's "don't ask don't tell" policy.
Persons who are otherwise legally permitted to carry a concealed weapon for self defense are prohibited from doing so on land and water owned or controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [36 C.F.R. § 327.13(a)]. This regulation creates a patchwork of areas in our State and other States, and on state borders where a person can be accused of violating the law without prior notice and for no good reason. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE WHERE STATE PARKS' LAND/WATERWAYS OVERLAP or are leased from CORPS OF ENGINEERS owned property.
It would be appropriate to amend this bill to remove the prohibition on carrying concealed weapons in areas controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers, as the recently passed credit-card act did for national parks.