November 29, 2006
Discussion Topic: Packing Heat in National Parks
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
From The Colorado Springs Gazette:
Virginia Sen. George Allen, a Republican who narrowly lost to Democrat James Webb on Nov. 7, in one of the races that overturned control of Congress, seems intent on going out with a bang rather than a whimper. Allen last week unveiled S. 4057, a bill that would overturn the almost-total ban on personal firearms in national parks, an idea we strongly support because our constitutional rights don’t end at national park boundaries and there are sound reasons why Americans might want to be armed in these places.
What do you think? Should Allen’s bill pass? Or are the current restrictions needed to prevent poaching, as some park authorities say?