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Legislation Will Protect Gun Rights on Army Corps of Engineers Land

Legislation Will Protect Gun Rights on Army Corps of Engineers Land

Legislation Will Protect Gun Rights on Army Corps of Engineers Land

Vote on Pro-gun Amendment Could Come in the House This Week

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) plans to offer an amendment this week protecting gun rights on land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Currently, guns are prohibited on Corps land, even when gun possession is otherwise allowed by state law. Rep. Gosar’s legislation would simply remove federal restrictions and allow for the law of the states (in which such land is located) to govern firearms possession.

The Gosar amendment, modeled after the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act (H.R. 1865) introduced by pro-gun Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), is similar to a 2009 law repealing the gun ban on National Park Service land. Army Corps of Engineers land was not part of that bill, something the Corps was quick to point out after that law took affect.

The Corps said, in a statement: “Public Law 111-024 does not apply to Corps projects or facilities . . . [and the Army Corps] will continue to prohibit loaded concealed weapons on Corps properties regardless of the new law and notwithstanding any contrary provisions of state law.”

The amendment will reverse the Corps’ decision and remedy the “oversight” of the lands bill.

“The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act is a bipartisan effort that seeks to correct this oversight and restore Second Amendment rights to law-abiding citizens while they are legally camping, hunting, and fishing on the 11.7 million acres of Army Corps recreational property,” Rep. Gibbs said.

Rep. Gosar notes that “this amendment will restore continuity to federal lands and ensure that constitutional rights are consistently protected.”

Nationally, the Army Corps of Engineers controls 400 lake and river projects, 90,000 campsites and 4,000 miles of trails. A vote on the Gosar amendment could come as early as Thursday.

ACTION: Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote YES on the Gosar amendment.

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  • Anonymous

    good i hope it passes

  • Robertjr

    This legislation is needed every bit as much as the law restoring our gun rights on national park land. I live next to a very large Corps property in NW Pennsylvania, and decided to play it safe and write them asking what their policy was on ccw permits. The reason i did this was because I know that they allow hunting on these lands during hunting season, and the fact that the land is poorly posted or not posted at all in some rather large areas. The regulations they post at the campground entrances state that the District commander can authorize the carrying of firearms. I received a rather terse and nasty reply stating that they do not allow any ccw by non LEO on lands under their control. I wont get into all of it but I got the impression that it was written by some underpaid low level clerk who had an agenda and didnt even know their own regulations. I would hate for someone to accidentally wander into lands controlled by the Corps and end up being charged as a common criminal.

  • Robertjr

    This legislation is needed every bit as much as the law restoring our gun rights on national park land. I live next to a very large Corps property in NW Pennsylvania, and decided to play it safe and write them asking what their policy was on ccw permits. The reason i did this was because I know that they allow hunting on these lands during hunting season, and the fact that the land is poorly posted or not posted at all in some rather large areas. The regulations they post at the campground entrances state that the District commander can authorize the carrying of firearms. I received a rather terse and nasty reply stating that they do not allow any ccw by non LEO on lands under their control. I wont get into all of it but I got the impression that it was written by some underpaid low level clerk who had an agenda and didnt even know their own regulations. I would hate for someone to accidentally wander into lands controlled by the Corps and end up being charged as a common criminal.

  • Robertjr

    This legislation is needed every bit as much as the law restoring our gun rights on national park land. I live next to a very large Corps property in NW Pennsylvania, and decided to play it safe and write them asking what their policy was on ccw permits. The reason i did this was because I know that they allow hunting on these lands during hunting season, and the fact that the land is poorly posted or not posted at all in some rather large areas. The regulations they post at the campground entrances state that the District commander can authorize the carrying of firearms. I received a rather terse and nasty reply stating that they do not allow any ccw by non LEO on lands under their control. I wont get into all of it but I got the impression that it was written by some underpaid low level clerk who had an agenda and didnt even know their own regulations. I would hate for someone to accidentally wander into lands controlled by the Corps and end up being charged as a common criminal.

  • Nick Wesser

    UPDATE:  On July 14, 2011–the Gosar Amendment was passed by the House of Representatives and included in the Energy and Water appropriations bill.   That means this amendment is one short step away from full passage and then we have to take on the Senate to get this law through.   Gosar did a remarkable job getting this change in the law in the face of a very hostile Obama Administration who instructed the Army Corp to lobby against the Gosar Amendment and claim it would threaten national security.