Firearms Regulations for National Parks
As of February 22, 2010, federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in Great Basin National Park.
Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009,
P.L. 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65, allows persons to possess firearms while in units of the National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Systems if they are in compliance with applicable federal and state law.
Specifically, Section 512(b) states:
The Secretary of the Interior shall not promulgate or enforce any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm including an assembled or functional firearm in any unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System if --
- the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm; and
- the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the State in which the unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System is located.
Section 512 becomes effective on February 22, 2010. Section 512 affects implementation of the existing NPS regulations regarding the possession of firearms in national parks, by now allowing individuals to possess firearms if --
- they are not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm and
- such possession is in compliance with the law of the state in which the park unit or that portion of the unit is located.
Section 512 applies to possession of firearms within the National Park System regardless of the jurisdictional status of the unit — exclusive, concurrent, or proprietary.