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Opposed To Proposal Of Guns In The Park

Dear Editor:

I am writing in opposition to the recent proposal by the Department of the Interior to allow loaded guns to be carried by visitors to our national parks.

The Department states that their agency rules should be compatible with state laws in respect to rules about firearms. Forty-eight states reportedly allow citizens to carry concealed firearms, and in many states the authority to carry loaded and operable concealed weapons now extends to state parks.

Under the proposed amendment “an individual will be able to possess, carry and transport concealed, loaded and operable firearms within a national park area” to the same extent a person may do so in a state park or state wildlife area.

The Interior Department’s chief argument is that the federal government’s rules concerning national parks should be compatible with state laws. However, states have developed their own parks for a variety of purposes and public uses, whereas national parks have a special role of preservation and conservation. I see no reason that national and state rules for parks should be identical.

I suggest that people who are concerned about our national parks, and the safety of those who visit them, should write the Department of the Interior. Public comments are accepted until June 30. You may write Public Comments Processing , Attn.: 1024-AD70, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA. 22203. Emails may be sent to

Helen Hondius
Estes Park

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