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PRESS RELEASEPatterson welcomes return of Second Amendment rights to some National ParksProposed rules change would respect state carry laws in all national parks and refugesAUSTIN - Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, today praised proposed rules changes by Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne that would respect state laws regarding the carrying of concealed firearms in federal parks. The rules are now subject to public comment before adoption."Texans who can lawfully carry a firearm in state parks can now carry in federal parks, including Big Bend National Park," Patterson said.Patterson said the ban on carrying concealed firearms in national parks was unconstitutional and never should have been inflicted on Americans these past 25 years."Federal bureaucrats simply shouldn’t be allowed to override the Constitution with administrative rules," Patterson said."The anti Bill of Rights crowd will say this is unnecessary and dangerous. Americans who live in concealed carry states have heard this before," said Patterson, author of the Texas Concealed Handguns Law."They said 'blood would run in the streets,' but that didn't happen and it won't happen in national parks," Patterson said. "The Bill of Rights enumerates a right to 'keep and bear arms.' I should not be required to forgo my Second Amendment, or for that matter my First, Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights just because I happen to be in a park.""When I'm in a state or national park, I'm armed," Patterson said. "An unconstitutional rule promulgated by a federal bureaucracy is not sufficient to deny me that right."Patterson urged Texans who care about gun rights to comment on the proposed federal rules change, available in the Federal Register and on www.doi.gov.Once the public comment period has closed, all comments received will be evaluated and incorporated into the decision making process on a final rule. The number and substance of the comments received will determine the timeline for the final decision.
QuotePRESS RELEASEPatterson welcomes return of Second Amendment rights to some National ParksProposed rules change would respect state carry laws in all national parks and refuges
PRESS RELEASEPatterson welcomes return of Second Amendment rights to some National ParksProposed rules change would respect state carry laws in all national parks and refuges
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Here's the DOI press release:http://www.doi.gov/news/08_News_Releases/080430.html
Quote from: RichardM on May 01, 2008, 11:00:59 PMHere's the DOI press release:http://www.doi.gov/news/08_News_Releases/080430.htmlYep. Already submitted my comments in support of this positive change.
I wonder how the park rangers feel about it? I have a feeling they won't be thrilled.
Patterson said the ban on carrying concealed firearms in national parks was unconstitutional and never should have been inflicted on Americans these past 25 years.
Of course they won't be thrilled and a lot of them probably will lobby against it.
I saw them all with double guns strapped to each thigh, it was the coolest thing I had seen.... all these guys riding their Iron Horses down the road and side arms strapped to their thighs.... like a modern day cowboy.
Personally, I think we should go to Arizona ways. You can carry a side arm on the street openly, no permit required.
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