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.
For more information please visit www.nps.gov/nero/firearms/
It includes information about closures and restrictions on collecting items from within the parks
Did You Know?
Albert Gallatin remained active after retiring from the government. In 1831, at age seventy, he was named president of the new National Bank of New York. He served on the council that established New York University in 1831. He founded the American Ethnological Society in 1842, at age eighty-one.