• Historic buildings and the waterfront in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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/





In order to preserve for the benefit and inspiration of the people of the United States as a national historical park certain districts, structures, and relics located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and associated with the history of whaling and related social and economic themes in America, there is established the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.



The park's enabling legislation, Section 511 of Public Law 104-333, the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996, is the authority allowing the establishment of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park on November 12, 1996.










Did You Know?

Arrival of a party from Norfolk Virginia at League Island. Some members of this party wound up in New Bedford.

Between 1840 and 1860 some 300-700 escaped slaves were living in New Bedford. Frederick Douglass was among those who found freedom in New Bedford. He arrived in 1838 after escaping from Baltimore carrying another sailor's protection papers.