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Friday, March 20, 2009

Court Blocks Rule Allowing Firearms in National Parks

A federal judge on Thursday blocked the new rule put in place by the Bush Administration that allowed law abiding citizens who possess a concealed carry permit to carry in national parks. The decision was handed down by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. In her ruling, Kollar-Kotelly said that the government's process had been "astoundingly flawed."

The Justice Department had sought to block the injunction against the controversial rule. The three groups that brought the suit -- the Brady Campaign toPrevent Gun Violence, the National Parks Conservation Association andthe Coalition of National Park Service Retires -- argued the Bush Administration violated several laws in issuing the rule.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar declined to comment Thursday, citing the ongoing court case.

Hopefully the injuction will be appealed. We'll keep you informed.

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