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Sutton Urges Department of Interior to Maintain Reasonable Firearms Regulations for National Parks

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Sutton Urges Department of Interior to Maintain Reasonable Firearms Regulations for National Parks

Today the Department of Interior issued a proposed rule to overturn the current regulation governing firearms in national parks. If adopted, the rule would permit visitors who hold concealed handgun licenses to possess loaded and concealed firearms in national parks. The current regulation permits firearms to be possessed or transported in national parks if they are unloaded and stored.

Congresswoman Betty Sutton, joined by twelve of her colleagues in the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne urging the Administration to retain the current regulation. Congresswoman Sutton's letter was endorsed by the Association of National Park Rangers, Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, The Humane Society of the United States, U.S. Park Rangers Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police, and National Parks Conservation Association.

"In 2007, 2.5 million students, families, and visitors from across the country visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park with the assurance that our nation's national parks are among the safest places in the country," said Sutton.

"There is no good reason to overturn a regulation that has served the American people and our valued natural resources so well," said Sutton. "Retaining the current regulation will ensure the safety of the public."


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