Ban on Concealed Carry at National Parks Lifted

By Matthew Daly | December 5, 2008 | 1:41 PM EST
Washington (AP) - People will now be able to carry concealed weapons in some national parks and wildlife refuges.
 
The new Interior Department rules allow an individual to carry a loaded weapon in a park or wildlife refuge - but only if the person has a permit for a concealed weapon. The state where the park or refuge is located must also allow guns in parks.
 
The rule overturns a 25-year-old regulation that has restricted loaded guns in parks and wildlife refuges. The previous regulations required that guns be unloaded and placed somewhere that is not easily accessible, such as in a car trunk.
People will now be able to carry concealed weapons in some national parks and wildlife refuges.