One year ago today, on February 22, 2010, the National Park Service lifted the ban on carrying concealed weapons in the parks for those who have permits to do so.
The change came about when the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act was signed into law on May 22, 2009. The bill contained a line item added at the last moment by a Republican senator, specifically allowing people with concealed carry permits to carry their guns into national parks in the states covered by their permits.
At the time, critics predicted that the new rule would frighten families away from the parks, and that the number of animals shot by gun owners in the parks would increase exponentially.
So what actually happened?
Not much at all, noted David Barna, spokesperson for the National Park Service, in an email. There was “really almost no impact,” he wrote.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
When law abiding citizens are allowed to carry for defense, from man or beast, they tend to obey the law.