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    Lassen Volcanic

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New Federal Firearms Law Takes Effect Monday

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Date: February 18, 2010
Contact: Jim F. Milestone, 530-242-3460
Contact: Darlene Koontz, 530-595-4444 ext. 5101

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park subject to California firearms laws

A change in federal law effective February 22, allows people who can legally possess firearms under federal, California, and local laws to possess those firearms in the local National Park Service areas of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The new federal law makes possession of firearms in national parks also subject to the firearms laws of the state and communities where the parks are located.

“We have been working closely with local, state, and federal officials to ensure that we clearly understand the provisions of the laws that will now apply to our visitors when they are in the park,” said Whiskeytown Superintendent, Jim Milestone. Lassen Volcanic’s Superintendent, Darlene Koontz stresses that, “We encourage every visitor who may wish to bring firearms to the park to do their research ahead of time and ensure that they are aware of and abide by the laws that apply. Our goal is to provide safe, enjoyable park visits for everyone, and to preserve this very special place for people today and future generations.”

The new federal law has no effect on existing laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms in national parks or hunting. Hunting still is allowed in Whiskeytown. However, hunting continues to be prohibited in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Federal law continues to prohibit firearms in certain facilities, such as park visitor centers; these facilities are posted with appropriate notices at public entrances.

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said, “We will administer this law as we do all others – fairly. For nearly 100 years, the mission of the National Park Service has been to protect and preserve the parks and to help all visitors enjoy them. The parks belong to all Americans, and our commitment to American people is to ensure the safety of our visitors and the special places that have been entrusted to our care.”

For more information about firearms laws that apply to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/dwcl/12050.php.

For more information about Whiskeytown National Recreation Area call (530) 242-3413, or visit http://www.nps.gov/whis/index.htm.

For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park call (530) 595-4480, or visit http://www.nps.gov/lavo/index.htm.

Did You Know?

View of devastated area from Main Park Road.

The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.