Thanks to Congress, it might now be legal to pack heat in the country’s national parks.
But you still have to leave your concealed weapons at home when you visit North Carolina’s state parks, state forests, boat ramps and recreational areas.
And concealed firearms are allowed on state game lands only when doing so coincides with a firearm hunting season and the concealed firearm is of a caliber allowed for hunting under game land rules.
In Southeastern North Carolina, the only national park property is Moores Creek National Battlefield in Pender County.
The new federal law allows the carrying of concealed, loaded weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges in states where people are legally allowed to carry concealed arms, which includes North Carolina.
The regulation replaces a Reagan-era rule that allowed registered gun owners to bring non-concealed, unloaded weapons into national parks.
Date posted: June 1, 2009
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