Laws & Policies
Management and Operations Guidance
Generally the Code of Federal Regulations(CFR) guides park management and resource protection. In the CFR Superintendents of each unit in the National Park system have the option to develop more specific regulations to address unique management needs of their particular unit. These documents are called the Superintendent's Compendium and are an extension of the CFR. These publications help direct the park's management efforts to best serve the mission of the National Park Service and the needs of visitors. Click on the link below to download the most current Compendium.
The 2012 Compendium replaces the 2008 document.
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 Dry Tortugas National Park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable federal, state and local firearms laws before entering Dry Tortugas National Park.
As a starting point to learn about state and local firearms laws, please go to the following web site and select the state that you are interested in from the list on the right side of the page:
For State Reciprocity Agreement:
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in Dry Tortugas National Park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
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