Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.
Here you will find the 2019 Superintendent’s Compendium Of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority. Approved by Tina Cappetta, Superintendent of Hampton National Historic Site. A PDF version of the 2019 compendium is also available to download. E-bike addendum October 2019.
In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (“36 CFR”), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Hampton National Historic Site. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.
The above visiting hours are based upon a determination that such hours are necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, the protection of natural and cultural resources, and the implementation of management responsibilities.
Public Use Limits:
The above closures are based upon a determination that such closures are necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, the protection of environmental values, the protection of natural and cultural resources, the implementation of management responsibilities, the equitable allocation and use of facilities and the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities.
(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity and/or the following conditions or restrictions are imposed on a specific use or activity:
The above designations are based upon a determination that such conditions are necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental values, protection of natural or cultural resources and the equitable allocation and use of facilities.
(a)(3) The following restrictions, limits, closures, designations, conditions, or visiting hour restrictions imposed under §§(a)(1) or (2) have been terminated:
Martin Luther King, Jr Day and Washington’s Birthday Holidays have been removed from the list of days when vehicles may not enter the park
The above designations are based upon a determination that such conditions are necessary for the protection of natural and cultural resources and the implementation of management responsibilities.
36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT
Activities requiring a permit are listed above under Public Use Limits and throughout this document under the specific 36 CFR Section that authorizes or requires the issuance of a permit. The Permit Office for Hampton NHS is located at Fort McHenry NM&HS.
Applications for Special Use permits can be obtained by contacting the Permit Office:
Fort McHenry NM&HS
c/o: Permit Office
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(a)(4) Using or possessing wood gathered from within the park area is prohibited.
(a)(5) Walking on, climbing, entering, ascending, descending, or traversing an archeological or cultural resource, monument, or statue is prohibited, except in the following areas and/or under the following conditions:
(b) Leaving a trail or walkway to shortcut between portions of the same trail or walkway, or to shortcut to an adjacent trail or walkway in violation of designated restrictions is prohibited.
Under (a), collecting natural materials from the park is generally prohibited. However, pursuant to (c), the following fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or use or consumption restrictions:
(a)(1) The taking of wildlife is prohibited.
(b) Hunting and trapping is prohibited.
(d) Transporting wildlife through the park is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING
(a) Fishing is not allowed within the boundaries of the park.36 CFR §2.4 – WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS
Pursuant to 18 USC § 930, firearms are prohibited in federal facilities. Federal facilities are marked with signs at public entrances.
Pursuant to 54 USC 104906, park visitors may carry firearms in the Park if they are otherwise in compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
Traps and nets are prohibited except as permitted by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
CFR §2.5 – RESEARCH SPECIMENS
Taking plants, fish, wildlife, rocks or minerals is prohibited except in accordance with 36 CFR chapter 1 or the terms and conditions of a specimen collection permit pursuant to § 2.5(a).
36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE
(a) Camping is not allowed within the boundaries of the park.
36 CFR §2.11 – PICNICKING
As listed in 36 CFR § 1.5 of this document, picnicking is only allowed in the designated Picnic Areas (see attached map).
36 CFR §2.12 – AUDIO DISTURBANCES
Under § 2.12 (a) the following are prohibited:
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is prohibited, except when authorized by the Superintendent.
(a)(2) The use of stoves or lanterns is prohibited, except when authorized by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §2.14 – SANITATION and REFUSE
(a)(2) Using park refuse receptacles or facilities for dumping household, commercial or industrial refuse is prohibited.
(b) Conditions for the disposal, containerization, or carryout of human body waste have been established as follows:
(a)(1) Possessing pets in public buildings, public transportation vehicles, swimming beaches, and the following structures and/or areas is prohibited:
(a)(3) Leaving a pet unattended and tied to an object is prohibited.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions
(b) The use of horses or pack animals is prohibited except with written permission from the Superintendent. No trails, routes, or areas are designated for their use.
36 CFR §2.17 – AIRCRAFT and AIR DELIVERY
(c)(1) The removal of a downed aircraft, components, or parts thereof is subject to procedures established by the Superintendent through written authorization.
36 CFR §2.18 – SNOWMOBILES
(c) The use of snowmobiles is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.19 – WINTER ACTIVITIES
(a) Skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, innertubing, tobogganing, and similar winter sports are prohibited in the park.
(b) The towing of persons on skis, sleds, or other similar devices by motor vehicle or snowmobile is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.20 – SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES
Using roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices is prohibited. Limitations are necessary for visitor safety along roadways and to avoid conflicts with other park users.
36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING
(a) The following portions of the park, or all or portions of buildings, structures or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:
These restrictions are consistent with federal law and have been determined to protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, and prevent conflicts among visitor use activities.
36 CFR §2.22 – PROPERTY
(a)(2) Leaving property unattended for periods longer than 24 hours is prohibited, except with the permission of the Superintendent.
36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES
(b) Recreation fees, and/or a permit, in accordance with 36 CFR part 71, are established for the following entrance fee areas, and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events or specialized recreation uses:
Entrance Fee Areas:
Daily Site Use Fee Areas:
Special Recreation Permit Fee (Such as but not limited to, group activities, recreation events, and the use of motorized recreation vehicles):
(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
36 CFR §2.37 – NONCOMMERCIAL SOLICITING
Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions or a permit that has been issued under §2.50, §2.51, or §2.52.
36 CFR §2.38 – EXPLOSIVES
(a) Using, possessing, storing, or transporting explosives, blasting agents or explosive materials is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(b) Using or possessing fireworks and firecrackers is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
36 CFR §2.50 – SPECIAL EVENTS
(a) Sports events, pageants, regattas, public spectator attractions, entertainments, ceremonies, and similar events are allowed, provided there is a meaningful association between the park area and the events, and the observance contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park area, and a permit therefore has been issued by the superintendent.
(b) Demonstrations of 25 people or less are allowed within the park areas designated as available under (c)(2). Demonstrations of more than 25 people are allowed within designated park areas when the superintendent has issued a permit for the activity.
(c)(2) The following locations are designated as available for demonstrations:
(b) The sale or distribution of printer matter by 25 people or less is allowed within the park areas designated as available under § 2.51(c)(2) (see above). The sale or distribution of printed matter by more than 25 persons is allowed within designated park areas when the superintendent has issued a permit.
(a) Residing in park areas, other than on privately owned lands, is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit lease or contract.
36 CFR §2.62 – MEMORIALIZATION
(b) The scattering of human ashes from cremation is prohibited at Hampton NHS, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit issued by the superintendent.
36 CFR §4.2 – State Law Applicable
(a) Unless specifically addressed by regulations in this chapter, traffic and the use of vehicles within a park area are governed by State law. State law that is now or may later be in effect is adopted and made a part of the regulations in this part.
(b) Violating a provision of State law is prohibited.
36 CFR §4.11 – VEHICLE LOAD, WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS
(a) The following load, weight and size limits, which are more restrictive than State law, apply to the roads indicated under the terms and conditions, and/or under permit as noted:
(b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
(a) The use of a bicycle, e-bike is permitted on park roads and in parking areas that are otherwise open for motor vehicle use by the general public. These roads include:
36 CFR §4.31 – HITCHHIKING
Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited.
36 CFR §5.1 - ADVERTISEMENTS
Commercial notices or advertisements shall not be displayed, posted, or distributed on federally owned or controlled lands within a park area unless prior written permission has been given by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §5.3 – BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas requires a permit, contract or other written agreement with the United States, or must be specifically authorized under special regulations.
36 CFR §5.5 - COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY/FILMING
(a) Before any motion picture, television production, or sound track may be made within the park by any person other than bona fide newsreel or news television personnel, written permission must be obtained from the Superintendent. .
36 CFR §5.6 - COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
Last updated: October 9, 2019