VNP clarifies gun carrying law
Submitted by Journal Staff on July 17, 2009 - 6:15am
On May 22, Pres. Obama signed into law the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, an act which regulates credit card companies and protects consumers.
A provision of that act allows the carrying of loaded firearms in units of the national park and national wildlife refuge systems when authorized by state law and not otherwise prohibited.
Section 3 of the act states that the carrying of loaded firearms will not take effect until Feb. 22. Until that time, the current prohibition against the possession of firearms in national parks will remain in place.
Voyageurs National Park rangers will continue to enforce the provisions of 36 CFR 2.4, adopted in 1983 and 1984, which generally prohibit possession of a firearm within a park.
The safety of all visitors, staff, and wildlife is extremely important. Park staff will work to ensure that there are no misunderstandings that could cause unnecessary concerns to visitors or threaten park resources.
For additional information contact Chief of Operations Jim Hummel at park headquarters, 283-6650.