New policies are in effect for people who want to carry concealed weapons in national parks in Oregon and Washington. April Baer reports.
In a sense, the change isn’t that much of a change. Congress passed a law last year reversing a long-standing policy prohibiting handguns in national parks. Now, the Parks will more or less revert to state handgun policy.
In Oregon, you can carry a concealed weapon with a permit from your county.
Michael Justin at Crater Lake National Park says there’s one exception to keep in mind.
Michael Justin: “You should not bring weapons into a federal building of sorts. In our case here, the basic buildings covered under that would be our visitors’ centers, and other areas where there’s a public interaction with federal personnel, such as our park rangers.”
The National Parks’ campgrounds are still a gray area. It’s not immediately clear whether they’re considered “structures”.
Policy for campgrounds is under review within the Parks’ service.
April Baer, OPB News.