Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement in response to the Department of Interior's (DOI) updated regulations regarding the possession of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges.
"Today's announcement is a huge victory for gun owners. The past regulations were simply unacceptable. Our Second Amendment rights shouldn't end at the gates of Yellowstone or Glacier National Park. My colleagues and I put the pressure on the Department of Interior to get these rules updated and I'm glad to see our hard work paid off."
The final rule, which updates existing regulations, would allow an individual to carry a concealed weapon in national parks and wildlife refuges if the individual is authorized to carry a concealed weapon under state law in the state in which the national park or refuge is located.
Earlier this year, DOI agreed to revisit the regulations after strong pressure from Rehberg and several other members of Congress.