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.

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Special Use Permits (SUPs)

There are three (3) types of applications for special park uses. They are available as downloadable electronic files in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF format.

Special Use Permit
(MS Word File, 75 kb; PDF File, 48.3 kb)

Filming Permit, short — form 10-931
(MS Word File, 74.5 kb; PDF File, 58.4 kb)

Filming Permit, long — form 10-932
(MS Word File, 101 kb; PDF File, 74.5 kb)

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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