The purpose of the compendium is to provide the public and park employees with a document that lists the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent.
Foundation Document Overview, 2016
The Foundation Document for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park provides basic guidance for decision-making and management of this unit of the National Park System. In its totality, this document presents a shared understanding of the purpose, significance, fundamental resources and values, primary interpretive themes, and special mandates for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. It also documents the desired conditions for the park, providing the broadest level of direction for management of the park based on laws and policies that guide the National Park Service.
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. While this law allows a person to legally carry a firearm on the grounds of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the law prohibits the possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility unless specifically authorized. 18 USC 930 (a) possession violations are subject to fine and/or imprisonment up to one year, while 18 USC 930 (b) possession violations with an intent to commit a crime are punishable by a fine and imprisonment up to five years. Federal facilities at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park include; Park Headquarters, Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center, and the Maintenance Facility.
In both states, Georgia and Tennessee, the permit holder must have the permit together with valid identification whenever carrying a concealed handgun, and must disclose to any law enforcement officer that they have a valid permit and are in possession of a concealed handgun when contacted. The permit and proper identification must be presented to a law enforcement officer upon request.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. State and local firearms laws can be found at ATF web site by clicking here, scroll down to the appropriate state(s)and click on the respective state
For State Reciprocity Agreements, click the highlighted states below:
To review a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the new Firearms Policy, please Click here.