• Interior of the John Brown Fort

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

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Laws & Policies

Firearms

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 this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website.

Maryland

Maryland State Law

See Maryland Code, Public Safety, Title 5

See also Maryland Code, Criminal Law, Title 4

Maryland Attorney General


West Virginia

West Virginia State Law

See sections 61-7-1 to 61-7-15 and 20-2-6a

West Virginia Attorney General


Virginia

Virginia Law

See sections 18.2-279 through 18.2-312

Virginia Attorney General


Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.



Did You Know?

Today the John Brown Fort is across the street from its original location.

John Brown's Fort has been moved 4 times: in 1891 to Chicago to the World's Columbian Exposition, in 1895 to the Murphy Farm near Harpers Ferry, in 1909 to Storer College Campus and in 1968 to its present location.