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.
Special Use Permits
If you wish to conduct a formal event on the battlefield you are required to apply for a Special Use Permit.
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove Research Conditions
This permit must be carried by field staff while in the park. Investigators should be prepared to show the permit and personal identification as requested by National Park Service staff member.
Last updated: February 8, 2018