Wildlife Service changes firearms possession rules in national parks
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that rules
governing possession of firearms on National Wildlife Refuges have
changed as a result of legislation enacted by Congress.
The law went into effect Feb. 22 and allows an individual to
lawfully possess a firearm within the boundaries of a National
Wildlife Refuge in accordance with federal, state and local
As directed by this new law, the Service will look to the laws
of the state and locality in which the refuge or refuge unit is
located to govern possession of firearms on the refuge. Visitors
will be allowed to possess firearms on National Wildlife Refuges
provided they comply with applicable provisions of federal, state
and local law. Persons with so-called firearm “carry” permits will
be able to possess firearms on a refuge in accordance with the
provisions of the state issued permit.
The new law applies to all 551 units of the National Wildlife
Refuge System, as well as the National Monuments and the 392 units
of the National Park System.