May 30, 2008
Discussion Topic: Is The National Park Gun Ban Unconstitutional?
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
It is according to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who admits to packing in Big Bend National Park and offers no apologies for it.
From a special commentary in the San Antonio Express-News:
“Evidently, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was absent from school the day the Constitution was covered,” wrote the San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board.
While that's an awfully cute jab, the reality is I've learned the Constitution over the course of a lifetime – not just one day. I've taken oaths to uphold and protect our Constitution – as a U.S. Marine and as a state elected official.
So look at the facts.
The ban on loaded firearms in National Park is not a law. It is a rule enacted by unelected bureaucrats of the National Park Service. There was no legislative process — these bureaucrats arbitrarily terminated this Constitutional right.
Fortunately, the clearly unconstitutional National Park Service rules on possessing firearms in federal parks are changing. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne recently proposed new rules that would respect state firearm laws and the Second Amendment.
Check out the full commentary and tell us our reaction?