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 that 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.
Gateway National Recreation Area includes areas in two states. Sandy Hook Unit is in New Jersey and follows the laws of that state. Jamaica Bay and Staten Island Units are in New York state and follow its laws. It is up to the individual to know the laws of the state they are in and where they are in the park.
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, see Frequently Asked Questions: National Parks and Firearms.
Click here to read the section of the law as it pertains to firearms in national parks.
For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/nero/firearms/
Did You Know?
All of Gateway NRA's units include sites that defended New York Harbor from attacks from the sea, from the Revolutionary War through World War II. They are Fort Hancock, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Learn about the history of coastal defense by visiting any of these sites. More...