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.