As you are aware, the carry of loaded firearms not carried for lawful hunting is prohibited within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area. That firearms may be carried, yet unloaded (even with ammunition on the other hip) is rather ridiculous and serves no logical safety purpose. Requiring that firearms be unloaded is contrary to this purpose and infringes upon the right to bear arms.Visitors to Red Rock deserve the right to effective self-defense.
I respectfully request that under the authority you possess that you remove Red Rock supplementary rules 3.2(a)(1),(3) and (b) regarding the possession of loaded firearms.
There is no evidence to show that this rule has any benefit to safety. Criminals looking to victimize visitors would be undeterred by the rule. Loading and unloading a firearm introduces unnecessary variables that could lead to a negligent discharge. Additionally, due to its relative obscurity buried deep within the Federal Register, many visitors may unintentionally be in violation, though they are law-abiding citizens acting in good faith. Target shooting is already prohibited within Red Rock and the Las Vegas Valley so banning loaded firearms is not necessary to prevent this activity.
Red Rock is only one of three conservation areas nationally to have a supplementary rule prohibiting possession of firearms. Loaded carry of firearms within the National Park System is explicitly permitted by the “Credit CARD Act of 2009” as long as state law is conformed to and no firearms are brought inside a federal facility. Nevada law allows for the loaded open carry of firearms and concealed carry with a permit.
The supplementary rule in question is over 20 years old, dating from a time when American attitudes regarding carrying firearms regularly for self-defense was different. Today, many citizens are increasingly concerned about their safety and choose to protect themselves with a firearm. An outdated law, out-of-touch with local laws and modern attitudes should not be a deterrent to those who choose to legally arm themselves.
Please act to amend the supplementary rules and eliminate this odd and pointless hole in Nevada’s self-defense landscape.