Laws & Policies
Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.
Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.
Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.
Firearms are not allowed in the Heritage Corridor Commission office, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI.
The National Park Service does not own or manage any property within the Heritage Corridor, therefore the state laws of Rhode Island and Massachusetts concerning firearms must be followed by all visitors. For more information on those regulations, please see the links below.
Legislative History of the Heritage Corridor
This law passed in 1986, and subsequent laws passed by Congress since that time provide the purpose and mandate for the Corridor. Click on any of the following for the complete text of the laws that continue to shape the how the Corridor carries out its work.
November 10, 1986
Public Law 104-333
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Amending the boundaries of the Heritage Corridor, revising the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan, extending the Commission for ten years and authorizing appropriations.October 12, 2006
Public Law 109-338
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Reauthorizes the Heritage Corridor for five more years, calls for an update of the Cultural Heritage and Land Management plan and initiates a Special Resource Study to determine the suitability of designating one or more sites within the Blackstone Valley as a unit of the National Park System.
Did You Know?
Children as young as age six were hired to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone River Valley. These adolescent workers were employed by the Lonsdale Company, c. 1912. Photos such as this helped lead to the passage of child labor laws.