Bid to allow guns in national parks
The Interior Department considers a proposal to lift a 25-year ban on concealed weapons in national parks.
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The new regulations would allow concealed guns in some of the nation's most popular and beloved parks, including: Denali National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Everglades National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Glacier National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Olympic National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.Skip to next paragraph
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Concealed weapons would continue to be banned in national parks in states with stricter gun laws like California. That means the new regulations would not apply in Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park. They would also not apply in most of Death Valley National Park, except potentially for a small triangle of that park that extends into Nevada.
Opponents of the measure say it would lead to confusion among park patrons since the ban would apply in some parks but not others. That problem might become particularly acute for hikers on the Appalachian Trail, which is part of the national park system. In effect, the trail is a long, skinny national park extending for 2,176 miles from Georgia to Maine through 14 states.