Laws & Policies
Antietam National Battlefield Superintendent's Compendium
Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Chapter 1 provides for the proper use, management, government, and protection of persons, property, and natural and cultural resources under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Within 36 CFR, a Park Superintendent has the discretionary authority to establish more or less restrictive regulations in certain instances. The following is a compilation of these regulations specific to Antietam National Battlefield.
Firearms Regulations at Antietam National Battlefield
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law (P.L. 111-24 Section 512) allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website.
See Maryland Code, Public Safety, Title 5
See also Maryland Code, Criminal Law, Title 4
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
For questions on these regulations as they apply to Antietam National Battlefield, you should contact the park law enforcement office at (301) 432-2243.
Did You Know?
Private Johnny Cook, a bugler with Battery B, 4th U.S., was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Antietam when he was only 15 years old.