For Immediate Release

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Andrea Keller Helsel, National Parks Conservation Association, 202.454.3332

Judge Blocks Loaded, Concealed Guns in Parks

Statement by NPCA Associate Director for Park Use Bryan Faehner

WASHINGTON - "The National Parks Conservation Association is relieved that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia yesterday issued an injunction against enforcing a Department of Interior rule that allowed loaded and concealed guns in national parks.

"This ruling by Judge Kollar-Kotelly validates the concerns of Americans across the country, every living former director of the National Park Service, ranger organizations, and retired park superintendents -all of whom opposed this eleventh-hour change under the Bush Administration.

"This decision will help ensure national parks remain one of the safest places for American families and wildlife."

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