May 19, 2009
Loaded weapons in our National Parks?
It's already passed in the Senate.
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives may vote on a bill of great concern to those who cherish our national parks and the wildlife they host.
Believe it or not, we're talking about the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act. What does credit reform have to do with national parks? Nothing. Yet, astonishingly, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has attached a rider to the bill that would allow individuals to carry loaded weapons in national parks. Take action now.
If the bill passes with the rider attached, anyone would be allowed to carry loaded weapons – including semi-automatics – in our national parks.
Can you imagine the implications for wildlife poaching and visitor safety?
Not only is this a dangerous idea but it makes no sense attaching it to a bill that seeks to help Americans in difficult times.
This bill passed the Senate last week. It's now up to us to stop the rider – take action now.
The gun effort has been widely opposed by park rangers and seven former directors of the Park Service who say it would increase the risk of poaching and vandalism of historic resources and put visitors at risk.
The Wilderness Society