Laws & Policies
White House / Tina Hager
Governors Island National Monument was established in 2001 and reaffirmed in 2003 under the terms of the 1906 Antiquities Act which allows the president to establish national monuments to perserve sites of historic, scenic or scientific interests on federal lands.
Establishment of Governors Island National Monument, January 19, 2001
Transfer of Governors Island to the people of New York, January 31, 2003
Establishment of the Governors Island National Monument, February 7, 2003
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 visit: www.nps.gov/nero/firearms/NY/index.htm
Regulations and Rules for Governors Island National Monument
Each unit of the national park system is managed by a basic set of laws and regulations. To allow for the protection of visitors and the places they visit, each national park area has more specific rules to meet their conditions and circumstances. Here are those rules for the Governors Island National Monument:
Did You Know?
Henry “Hap” Arnold (1886-1950), a founding father of the modern U.S. Air Force, got the itch to fly while a second lieutenant in the infantry at Fort Jay in 1909, watching biplanes take off and land on Governors Island. His commanding officer told him that he knew of no better way to commit suicide. In 1911, he learned to fly with the Wright brothers and would go on to become the first five-star general of the Army Air Corps and the first and only five star general of the U.S. Air Force.