Guns OK'd in National Parks

Campers will be allowed to pack heat in all but 3 of America's national parks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2008 6:10 AM CST
Under the new policy, visitors are allowed to carry guns on the grounds of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, although not inside the hall itself.   (©ConspiracyofHappiness)
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(Newser) – Visitors will be allowed to carry concealed and loaded weapons in all but three of America's 391 national parks under a new Bush administration policy, the Washington Times reports. The move, widely seen as a parting gift to the NRA from the president, reverses a 25-year-old Interior Department policy and affects even states that ban guns in state parks.

"If you’re allowed to carry a concealed weapon on Main Street, you’re allowed to carry that weapon in a national park and wildlife refuge,” an Interior Department spokesman said. It is not known whether Barack Obama will risk the wrath of the NRA by reversing the new policy, which many park rangers fear will be disastrous for wildlife.