A new measure allows families to legally carry loaded guns into national parks.
Wired PR News – The House of Representatives voted to pass a measure that would allow visitors of national parks to carry guns legally. As reported by McClatchy Newspapers, the House voted for the passing of the bill 279-147 on Wednesday, and will now be passed on to President Barack Obama for his signature.
As noted in the report the gun provision was embedded in a measure to reform the credit card industry, which is a plan strongly supported by Obama. Some believe that the provision will be allowed to remain in the bill and be made into law.
As further noted in the report, debate has ensued over whether the provision will lead to issues at the parks. Scot McElveen with the Association of National Park Rangers is quoted in the report as stating, “Members of the ANPR respect the will of Congress and their authority to pass laws, but we believe this is a fundamental reversal from what preceding Congresses created the National Park System for. Park wildlife, including some rare or endangered species, will face increased threats by visitors with firearms who engage in impulse or opportunistic shooting.”
Photo Credit: USDA photo by Scott Bauer