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  • Legality of Carrying In National Parks

     Maverick updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Maverick

    December 14, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I was thinking about backpacking some national parks and the state I’m from is notorious for having wild boars and alligators. (I’m in Louisiana)

    While the chances of being attacked might be slim, I’d like to be able to at least pack my sidearm with me just in case.

    On their website it states “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 this park.”

    But also beneath it is “No firearms, whether concealed or carried openly, are allowed in any National Park Service facilities in Louisiana (Federal law 18 USC 930)”

    However in the first clause it doesn’t state whether open or concealed with permit specifically. Currently in my state you can open carry at 18 without a permit and I’m currently 20. Does this clause only apply to concealed carry permit holders? Also from my understanding this means I also can’t bring it into any of the facilities so would this mean I could not bring it into the cabins, camping areas, and bathrooms?

    Also what is the legality of having to use it against an animal. I know it already illegal to hunt animals in a nature preserve but what if it’s out of self defense.

    If it ends up being too much trouble I’ll just leave it at home and just take the risk. Any insight for any of you backpackers and outdoorsman would be helpful.

  • Laserguy74

    December 14, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Don’t bring it into a building. As far as using it goes if you’re defending from an animal attack is getting into trouble your main concern anymore?

  • Throwitawaynow187413

    December 14, 2019 at 7:35 am

    It won’t be trouble to bring it at all. Concealed is concealed. Even my big ass .357 hides away under my usual hiking attire.

    That being said, I think you’re grossly over estimating your chances of needing the gun. I’m not saying don’t bring it. Definitely do. But when encountering animals think of strategies that don’t involve the use of a gun. What kind of animals are you worried about? Black bears? They’re softies unless it’s a mom with cubs. I’m not sure what kind of animals LA might have other than snakes, black bears and pigs. I’d be more worried about the hogs. Gators are lazy fucks and aren’t interested in you. Don’t worry about them at all. You’d have to try to get attacked by a gator. Stay out of their waters and leave em alone and they’ll stay away from you.

    Bring your gun, but also bring bear spray and stay vigilant. Know what to do when encountering various animals that you can expect to encounter in your area. I’ve been walking around the woods all my life across the country and have yet to encounter a situation with an animal that I felt warranted a gun. It’s the 2 legged upright standing ones I’m more worried about. The wackos may be few and far between way out in the woods, but people are what I’d want to defend against more than any 4 legged or no legged critter.

  • PainKillaX

    December 14, 2019 at 7:35 am

    It follows state laws. So if your state says you can open carry without a permit you’re good to go. It also means if the park is large enough you need to be aware of other states you may cross in to.

    Pretty much every park building will be considered Federal property meaning no firearms at all. At Devil’s Tower for example even the bathrooms connected to the visitor center are posted gun free zones and that’s federal law, not state.

  • Galactic_Obama

    December 14, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Bears don’t care about the law.

  • Benjilikethedog

    December 14, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I carry mine in the national Park near me… I don’t think you can take it into the office with the gift shop but you should be good to go everywhere else.

    Personally I bought a LEO M&P40 for the exact reason you listed

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