3/30/2008

Department of Interior Moves towards letting people carry permitted concealed handguns in national parks and public lands

Vin Suprynowicz has an update on this news here:

On Feb. 23 the Los Angeles Times reported: "In a victory for gun-rights advocates, the federal government is preparing to relax a decades-old ban on bringing loaded firearms into national parks.

"Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said Friday that his department would suggest new regulations by the end of April that could bring federal rules into line with state laws concerning guns in parks and public lands. ... Fifty ... senators ... from both parties have backed a drive to repeal the ban. ..."

Note the change would see federal authorities -- weirdly, given their almost universal insistence on federal pre-eminence -- allowing different rules in different states, deferring to states that disarm interstate travelers. This is akin to the federal government saying blacks and whites must be treated equally in the parks -- except in certain benighted Southern backwaters, where Uncle Sam will defer to local rednecks who prefer separate "white" and "colored" bathrooms, etc. . . .

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Fred Miller, Mililani, HI said...

This issue has stirred up a lot of comments. It's amazing how much of the old "blood in the streets" rhetoric is being used by the people who oppose CCW in Parks. Same old "What-if?", and "I won't feel safe knowing people are carrying guns".

We will need to continue informing as many people as we can about the issue. This rule change is LONG overdue.

3/30/2008 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This is akin to the federal government saying blacks and whites must be treated equally in the parks -- except in certain benighted Southern backwaters, where Uncle Sam will defer to local rednecks who prefer separate "white" and "colored" bathrooms, etc."

What the hell is this crap? Did the discussion of a serious issue really require the invocation of racial drivel?

Or am I totally misreading what appears to be a fallacious injection of racial bigotry?

4/01/2008 11:32 AM  

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