Enzi encourages comment on concealed weapons in national parks
by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi - media release
May 1, 2008
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi is calling all Wyoming citizens who believe in preserving the Second Amendment to contact the Department of Interior during an open comment period for a proposed rule to allow concealed weapons in national parks.
“Gun owners with valid concealed weapons permits should not be stuck with confusing laws about when they can and can’t have their weapons in accessible places and where they can use them. I encourage Wyoming gun owners and park goers to look into this proposed law and make comments to ensure Wyoming interests are factored into the rule making process,” said Enzi.
Today the Department of Interior announced a proposed regulation to allow firearms to be carried in national parks and wildlife refuges as long as the concealed weapons permit holder is “authorized to do so on similar state lands in the state in which the national park or refuge is located”. The public comment period on the proposed rule is open for 60 days. Current regulations prohibit firearms to be carried in national parks even if the owner has a valid concealed carrying permit in the state in which the park or refuge is located.
Enzi and 51 other senators, including John Barrasso, R-Wyo., wrote to the Department of Interior asking for an update on existing regulations that restricted the carrying of firearms. In response to the letter Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne sought a proposal to update the firearm policies.
Citizens can comment on the rule by going to Enzi’s website, www.enzi.senate.gov, and clicking on the concealed weapons ban news release or by visiting the Department of Interior website at www.doi.gov.