Laws & Policies
Firearms at Chamizal National Memorial
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law 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 laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Alcohol Ban at Chamizal National Memorial
Because of heavy alcohol consumption, the safety risks for visitors and National Park Service personnel have reached unacceptable limits. Many accidents have occurred; some of them resulting in traumatic injuries. A number of violent crimes and increasing levels of illegal behavior have created an atmosphere that is inconsistent with the goal of providing a safe, rewarding, cultural and recreational experience for park visitors. Also, litter control, destruction of property and defacing of government assets are reaching unacceptable levels during our peak season. Consequently, alcoholic beverages are banned from the park during the summer.
The prohibition against possession of alcohol was effective on June 1, 2011. Between June 1st and August 31st, citations will be issued, alcohol confiscated, and convictions may result in the entry into or use of the area denied for possession of alcohol in the designated areas.
For more information regarding the ban on alcohol at the park, please click here for responses to FAQs.
Did You Know?
During the talks that led up to the Chamizal Convention, instead of rendering handshakes, both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson were encouraged to greet their Mexican counterparts with an Abrazo – a customary embrace that is still widely practiced in the Southwest.