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Licensed gun owners can carry their firearms into national parks starting Monday

Point Reyes park superintendent warns that hunting still not allowed under new law

Point Reyes National Seashore is among 392 national parks where starting Monday licensed gun owners may legally possess firearms.

The new federal law passed by Congress in May, however, is subject to the firearms laws of the state and the communities where the parks are located, Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Don Neubacher said.

"We encourage every visitor who may wish to bring firearms to the park to do their research ahead of time and ensure that they are aware of and abide by the laws that apply," Neubacher said.

More information on the firearms laws that apply to Point Reyes National Seashore is available at http:/www.nps.gov/pore/parkmgmt/lawsandpolicies_firearms.htm.

The new law has no effect on hunting, which is still not allowed in Point Reyes National Seashore, spokesman John Dell'Osso said.

Federal law still prohibits firearms in offices, maintenance buildings and park visitor centers and other facilities where "Firearms Prohibited" signs are posted, according to the National Park Service.

The National Parks Service Web site has been updated to include links to state firearms laws to help visitors understand the law and plan accordingly.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will still follow local firearms laws in national wildlife refuges.

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Posted by Stan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

Sounds good to me. In my times hiking in Yosemite I have been confronted twice by by knife-wielding thugs trying to rob me and my backpacking buddy. They didn't get very far. Its nice to know its now legal to pack that iron.


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Posted by Bob123
a resident of another community
on Feb 23, 2010 at 8:57 am

Requiring a liscense is the first step toward restricting the right to bear arms. No one should be required to register to own a firearm for protection against criminals, or perhaps even the government!


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Posted by Marcia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2010 at 9:03 am

Loaded or unloaded? Having grown up in a house full of firearms, I know fully how to respect them. However, how will the public know if the arms are loaded or not? What's the law on this? Also, what made this law happen suddenly? I hadn't heard anything on it.
Just curious.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

Americans have a right to own and bear firearms.

be careful...


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Posted by bob 123
a resident of another community
on Feb 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

.National Parks just got safer..the idiots who are rowdy and confrontational couldcare less about having permission to have a gun-they carry all the time.

When you wife adn daughter/son is in danger you'll be darned glad some law abiding ex Army Ranger is there.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Is California so lawless that you have to arm yourselves for a walk in the park?

Less than a victory for gun rights, which I fully support, I'd call this a giant step backwards in social progress.






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Posted by East Bay
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

So fire arms are now allowed in national parks and gun loving conservatives whine that "Obama is takin' my guns boy!" Conservatives really have the market cornered on hypocrisy and out right lies.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:44 am


"East Bay" has really stepped over the line by making sweeping statements based on peoples' political beliefs. Whn you make such statements, you end up looking worse than whatever you were accusing others of being.


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Posted by Francis
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 24, 2010 at 9:48 am

I've found that discussing firearms is a great way to expose ignorance and intolerance. These days, most intelligent people work pretty hard to ensure they don't say anything that might be construed as intolerant of someone because of their race, culture, religious beliefs, gender, etc. However many of these very same people have no problem making sweeping, ignorant, and intolerant statements about guns, their law-abiding owners, and the laws that govern them. Every anti-gun statement made in this thread so far is an excellent example of this.


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

The title of this article is misleading. A law abiding citizen does not need a "license" to possess a firearm -- whether in a National Park, or elsewhere.


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

You never know, now someday we may once again allow snowmobiles in national Parks (heaven forbid!)


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