FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More

National Parks and Wildlife Refuges

I. Introduction

The complexity of making a lawful determination if a handgun may be carried with reciprocity, including on federal lands, and where the theoretical legal boundaries exist, is found in the example of U.S. National Parks and Wildlife Refuges located throughout the Country. Carry may be allowed in those places.

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II. Change in the Law

Under the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009, effective February 22, 2010, federal law prevented any law, rule or regulation from prohibiting the possession of a firearm in such places.  This law applies to all 551 units of the National Wild Refuge System, as well as to National Monuments, along with the 392 units of the National Parks System.

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III. Status of Person

However, the individual must lawfully possess the firearm (i.e., be a “proper person”) and be in compliance with any state law (i.e., “reciprocal”) in which such a federal parcel is located.  However, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service looks to state and local law in the parcel’s locality to determine whether possession and carry is allowed. If the state does not allow it, despite this federal law, You cannot carry in these places even with reciprocity.

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IV. Exception for Physical Offices

On top of this, the federal facilities regulations still apply to actual federal buildings. Thus, in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges, federal buildings in these places, which may range from rudimentary ranger stations to expansive visitors’ centers, are excluded, and it is illegal to carry a handgun there even if You are in a reciprocal state and state law allows carry on these federal lands.

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V. Conclusion

Subject to state law allowing the right, a CCP may be used for carry at National Park and Wildlife Refuges.  However, this does not include Federal facilities, which may range from a remote ranger station to a formal visitor’s center (i.e., Grand Canyon). In these federal facilities, firearms, including handguns, are still prohibited, and it is a federal crime to carry there.

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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

Table of Contents

About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More