Judge Blocks Loaded, Concealed Guns in Parks

For Immediate Release


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."


NPCA is a non-profit, private organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the U.S. National Park System.

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