• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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.

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Proclamation 3656

Ellis Island became part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the National Park Service on May 11, 1965. Read the full proclamation and see the original document here.

Top of page 1 of 3 of Proclamation 3656 from 1965; gray-looking paper with black typewriter text

Proclamation 3656 added Ellis Island to the Statue of Liberty National Monument

National Archives and Records Administration


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