Laws & Policies
The purpose of the compendium is to provide the public and park employees with a document that lists the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent.
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. While this law allows a person to legally carry a firearm on the grounds of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the law prohibits the possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility unless specifically authorized. 18 USC 930 (a) possession violations are subject to fine and/or imprisonment up to one year, while 18 USC 930 (b) possession violations with an intent to commit a crime are punishable by a fine and imprisonment up to five years. Federal facilities at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park include; Park Headquarters, Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center, and the Maintenance Facility.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. State and local firearms laws can be found at ATF web site by clicking here, scroll down to the appropriate state(s)and click on the respective state
To review a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the new Firearms Policy, please Click here.
Did You Know?
In 1838, twenty-five years before he led the Confederate army defending Chattanooga, North Carolina native Braxton Bragg was part of a U.S. Army unit assigned to roundup and relocate members of the Cherokee Nation from the very area of much of the eventual Civil War Campaign for Chattanooga.