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Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL! on 02/24/2010 21:03:37 MST Print View

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35484383/ns/us_news-life/

Well, it's finally happened... it's now legal to carry loaded guns in national parks, I for one am happy, as a law abiding american who grew up with guns, and gun safety I think its great, and am now going to plan some solo trips, I might not have felt comfortable to do alone.

Let's face it: criminals do not care about this, or any gun law, and will carry one no matter what the law says, people like my self who DO care about laws now have an option to carry they're weapons....

what do you guys (and gals) think?

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL! on 02/24/2010 21:07:22 MST Print View

I'm disappointed. Who will be the first hiker to be shot for scaring someone when they're out night hiking? Who will be the first drunk gun owner to shoot someone?

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL! on 02/24/2010 21:10:35 MST Print View

Those who are going to carry are happy. Some are appalled, the rest don't care enough to care. This thread can only end badly.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL on 02/24/2010 21:18:38 MST Print View

Ye Haw. My God given right to carry a gun to protect myself against rabid Marmots has been legally validated.

Seriously though, does this include slingshots?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Guns in National Parks on 02/24/2010 21:22:04 MST Print View

The odds of somebody being shot is extremely high--UL hikers walk fast and will --sooner are later be mistaken for game. It already happened last year-a backpacker was mistaken for a bear and was shot in Washington.. I do not want to take my son on a hike were people are carrying guns...How did this happen? I did not vote for that....

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL! on 02/24/2010 21:31:03 MST Print View

+1 night hiker comment

+1 this discussion can't end well

At least there is no hunting in national parks, so people will probably only being carrying pistols for protections against other armed and dangerous people, plus bears and cats, and the occasional thing that breaks twigs in the night.

Edited by redmonk on 02/24/2010 21:42:02 MST.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL! on 02/24/2010 21:31:45 MST Print View

Sounds good to me.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Wouldn't worry on 02/24/2010 21:44:43 MST Print View

My understanding is this law simply allows people who are already licensed to carry in that state to do so in the National Park as well. I won't say whether its good or bad but I don't see how it radically changes the situation. People were already carrying guns around for better or worse in the rest of the state.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL on 02/24/2010 22:04:51 MST Print View

The change only allows people who are licensed to carry to bring a concealed handgun into the park as allowed by their state of residence. So if your state doesn't allow licensed concealed handguns, your state's National parks won't either. And over the last 15 years, concealed handgun licensees have been proven to be substantially safer and more law-abiding than the average citizen. Geez, the stereotypes......here goes a 55 page thread. It has been a few months though......

Glad to see this thread though.....reminded me I have to take my renewal class, and get another FBI background check before my birthday.

Edited by skinewmexico on 02/24/2010 22:08:07 MST.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Re: Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL on 02/24/2010 22:09:19 MST Print View

If I recall correctly, it all depends on the concealed carry laws of the state IN WHICH any given National Park is located.

IF you have a CC permit IN THAT STATE or in a state whose CC permits THAT STATE accepts via reciprocity.....

AND

IF THAT STATE allows concealed firearms within their state and county parks (OR and WA do but CA does not)...

THEN you can legally carry your concealed firearm in the National Parks within THAT state.

Otherwise, no - you can not.


As much as I support the 2nd ammendment, I think this was a bad idea for all but the Alaskan NPs. A good case can be made for firearms there to protect oneself from large predatory animals. not so here in the lower 49 (Hawaii included). I'm just waiting for the first frightened weekend camper to start blasting away at something large moving in the dark, no doubt looking to attack his sleeping children and carry them away for dinner. I'm not concerned about the bullet with my name on it; I may be able to duck that one. It's all those addressed "to whom it may concern" that scare the beans out of me.

The mentally and chemically challenged will be another kettle of fish entirely. Expect to encounter more armed and nervous rangers. Hopefully, only a few innocent bystanders will need to be hurt [or worse] for Congress to wake up and repeal this mistake.

Edited by wandering_bob on 02/24/2010 22:21:36 MST.

Tipi Walter
(TipiWalter) - F
Park Guns on 02/24/2010 22:14:14 MST Print View

Where are the ultralighters when you need them? Shouldn't they be shouting down anyone carrying something so very heavy and so very nearly useless as a handgun in a National Park?

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL on 02/24/2010 22:23:11 MST Print View

But haven't all the concealed carry zealots been carrying concealed in parks all along?

Concealed is concealed- legal or not, it will always be
under the radar. Even if yours is legal, you'd be stupid to advertise it.

I'm sure we've all been sharing campgrounds and trails with far more pistol packers than we'll EVER know.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
stereotypes on 02/24/2010 22:23:17 MST Print View

Can we hold off on the stereotype that anyone who carries a gun for self defense is paranoid and will quickly blaze away at anything that startles him? Most people here may not think the danger in the woods justifies hauling a gun or even bear spray around but just because someone else disagrees doesn't mean they should be put down or that they are irrationaly afraid. Most people I know who carry do so because they can not because they are afraid but because that slight bit of inconvience is worth it to them in the unlikely event they really really need it. They are also more worried about people than animals, most of them don't even give bears a second thought when asked. Actually I'm not even sure ANY of them carry on camping trips.

Edited by Cameron on 02/24/2010 22:29:05 MST.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Park Guns on 02/24/2010 22:33:38 MST Print View

obviously I'm for this, jay, I can definitely understand your concern, BUT responsible people with guns are statistically not the danger, it's people who dont abide by basic gun safety i.e. dont ever point a gun at anything you dont intend to kill, seems simple I know, but its simplicity is its beauty,

now, we all know about the proliferation of mexican drug cartels in california, with meth labs, and plots of marijuana they will kill over... wouldn't you feel a little better with some type of protection?

I used to live in El dorado county, and you hear about people going out into the woods, stumbling upon one of these plots, and loosing their lives, maybe this might make them think twice about doing that in our parks...

I know this thread will go back and fourth, BUT I do see it as a valid discussion...

jean guillaume
(jeanguillaume) - F
re: Guns in national parks... NOW LEGAL! on 02/24/2010 22:34:38 MST Print View

NM

Edited by jeanguillaume on 02/24/2010 22:37:10 MST.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE GUNS on 02/24/2010 22:51:19 MST Print View

Alright Jesse way to stir the pot, but I'm with you, I've taken the proper courses and training for a ccw permit its a little bit more involved than people think, especially in Ca. People who are responsable gun owners don't shoot at something they can't see in the middle of the night or the day for that matter. You are taught that your weapon is your last resort, never draw it unless you have to use it, you should always be aware of your surruondings and try not to put your self in a bad situation. I think as BPLers we all are aware of the surruondings and try to stay alert as possible. I usaully don't take mine with me but there are times when hiking by myself that I will, but these are usually outside of the parks, sometimes you run across some pretty wierd stuff, not to mention pot growers who don't care if you accidentally stumbled on to their pot farm. Just my 2 cents Jack

Edited by jumpbackjack on 02/24/2010 22:53:35 MST.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: RE GUNS on 02/24/2010 22:56:18 MST Print View

So how often can I to stumble across "Mexican" cartels, meth labs, and pot farms in National Parks?



...or anywhere?



This is what people worry about?

Goodnight folks, have a good one.

Jarrod Handwerk
(PA_Hiker) - F

Locale: Orwigsburg PA
carry on 02/24/2010 23:24:22 MST Print View

I think it's about time they passed this law...
i never leave home without my sidearm,and i always have it with me..

I'm just waiting for the first frightened weekend camper to start blasting away at something large moving in the dark, no doubt looking to attack his sleeping children and carry them away for dinner. I'm not concerned about the bullet with my name on it; I may be able to duck that one. It's all those addressed "to whom it may concern" that scare the beans out of me.

thats a good point...but
everyone i know that has a CCP would not just fire random shots and a noise ...thats a quick way to have your CCP taken away, and end up in jail...will it happen..i'm sure it will..heck..it could happen at your local mall for all you know ,point is it doesn't really change anything...most ppl still carried in the parks..you just never knew it

James Naphas
(naphas13) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: RE GUNS on 02/25/2010 00:25:25 MST Print View

"So how often can I to stumble across "Mexican" cartels, meth labs, and pot farms in National Parks?



...or anywhere?



This is what people worry about?

Goodnight folks, have a good one."

A friend of mine did exactly that: stumbled into a large concealed pot farm within SEKI while hiking solo. He does a lot of cross country hiking up there, hitting trout streams. Scared the bejesus out of him. They had installed a drip irrigation system that linked to a stream, had a bunch of netting camouflage over the top, had brought in a bunch of gardening tools. Luckily there was no one home, and he didn't hit a booby-trap. He got out of there quickly, and even the armed rangers were pretty nervous about going back in there en masse to eradicate the farm.

I've also heard reports of farms sometimes being located within a half mile of trails in some of the national parks.

OTOH, the idea of a bunch of people carrying in parks makes me nervous. It's not so much the people on this list, most of whom are probably way above average in the amount of time they've spent in the backcountry, but someone who is licensed but not experienced in the outdoors getting paranoid about noises in the night making an unfortunate mistake.

William Johnson
(Steamboat_Willie)
Thread Showdown on 02/25/2010 03:00:02 MST Print View

Jesse Helmick said, "what do you guys (and gals) think?"

I am a gun owner, and think your thread is in poor taste.

If you are a Life Member, and are not yet aware that the topic of guns is a sensitive one on these boards, then now you do.

You have exaggerated the claims of the linked news report, which discusses a relaxed restriction on allowed firearms, but not to the degree that you have stated, "firearms are now legal."

You have also felt the need to add rhetoric on firearm use that serves little purpose to those who are firearm supporters, and serves to antagonize those who are not.

The ground rules for threads are:

Be civil, reasonable, and helpful. Off-topic, inflammatory, or inappropriate posts will be removed at our discretion.