MORE GUNS IN NATIONAL PARKS PUTS VISITORS AT RISK
Tell Your U.S. Senators to Protect Our National Parks: Oppose the Coburn Amendment
A proposal facing action by the U.S. Senate would force National Park and National Wildlife Refuge managers to allow more loaded, hidden handguns in America's National Parks and Wildlife Refuges, endangering the public as well as wildlife.
Why are we putting hikers, campers, and families at risk by introducing loaded, hidden handguns into our National Parks?
This proposal is a bad idea that the Senate should reject.
PLEASE CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS TODAY!
Tell Them "More Guns in National Parks Puts Visitors at Risk: Oppose the Coburn Amendment to S. 2483"
Call (202) 224-3121 for the Capitol Switchboard
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Under current federal law, firearm possession and transportation in our National Parks is carefully regulated. But Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, an ally of the gun lobby, plans on offering an amendment to a broader bill on public lands issues that would weaken the reasonable gun restrictions
on federal lands adopted in 1982 by the Reagan Administration.
Given the heightened security risks in the post-9/11 world, as well as contemporary concerns about poaching on federal lands, we find the Reagan Administration regulation to be both necessary and appropriate.
Tell your Senators to stand with the Association of National Park Rangers, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, and the U.S. Park Ranger Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, who recently stated: "Senator Coburn’s amendment will make poaching in parks even more prevalent than it already is, thus reducing the opportunity for children, families, and Americans from all walks of life to easily view wildlife that so many parks provide."
Don't allow Senator Coburn to change federal law to expand the carrying of loaded guns in our National Parks!