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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Idaho Senator Leading Charge to Repeal Gun Restrictions in National Parks

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is leading an effort to repeal federal gun restrictions in national parks and wildlife refuges, saying that the guidelines are "confusing, burdensome and unnecessary." In a letter sent Monday, Crapo and almost half of the U.S. Senate asked Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to change rules that prohibit visitors to most national parks and wildlife refuges from carrying active, loaded guns.

It should be noted that the NRA initiated and worked closely with Senator Crapo on this letter and appreciates his bipartisan effort to get 47 Senators to sign a letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne requesting a change in policy allowing state law to govern the carrying and transportation of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges, as is the case of national forests and BLM lands.

NRA has been working for nearly five years to change this policy. VSSA supports NRA's behind the scenes work on this important issus and applauds the strong Senate support for the policy change expressed in this letter.

View the letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne

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