Firearms in National Parks
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. However, 36 CFR § 2.4(a)(1)(iii) still prohibits the use of any weapon, trap or net in the National Parks.
This includes those persons residing in the State of California that possess a valid State of California carry-concealed weapon permit (also known as a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit). These permits are typically issued by the county sheriff of the county where the state resident resides.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website.
A notable exception to this rule is the possession of weapons in federal facilities. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are posted with signs at all public entrances. This prohibition includes those possessing a valid State of California CCW permit. In other words, all persons, regardless of the state permit that has been issued to them, are prohibited from carrying any firearm in federal facilities. In Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Alcatraz Island), Fort Point National Historic Site, and Muir Woods National Monument, this includes all administrative buildings, non-residential buildings, and buildings that serve the public. A partial list of the facilities that serve the public where firearms are prohibited include:
- Alcatraz Cruises, LLC does not allow firearms at the Alcatraz Landing in San Francisco or on-board their vessels.
Fort Point National Historic Site:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area:
- Crissy Field Center
- Marin Headlands Visitor Center
- Nike Missile Site
- Point Bonita Lighthouse
- Stinson Beach Lifeguard Tower
- Stinson Beach Surfer's Grill
Muir Woods National Monument:
- Muir Woods Visitor Center
- Muir Woods Snack Bar and Gift Shop