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    VA-ALERT: Do your part now! - 47 Senators sign letter on National Park carry!!!

    Pressure on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to change the rules in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges to allow law-abiding gun owners to carry guns for self-defense has just increased dramatically!

    **Forty-seven** Senators have co-signed a letter from Senator Mike Crapo to Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Department of the Interior

    (DOI) asking DOI to allow state law to determine if guns can be carried in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in that state!

    The letter (and a link to the PDF version of the letter) is below.

    Virginia Senator Jim Webb signed the letter. Senator John Warner, as usual, was no where to be found.

    The NRA was apparently instrumental in getting this letter generated - good job. Now we need to help make this actually happen.


    First, let's thank Senator Webb for supporting this effort and encourage him to continue putting pressure on DOI to do the right thing.

    We also need to contact Senator Warner and urge him to let DOI know that he, too, supports Senator Crapo's efforts.


    For Senator Webb's web mail, click here:

    Subject - select "Civil Liberty"

    Suggested message:

    I would like to thank you for signing Senator Crapo's letter to the Department of the Interior! Please keep pressure on the Department of the Interior to allow state law to determine if law-abiding citizens are able to carry firearms for self-defense while they are visiting National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges!


    For Senator Warner's web mail, click here:

    Subject - select "Second Amendment"

    Suggested message:

    I urge you to send a letter to the Department of the Interior supporting the efforts of Senator Crapo and 46 other Senators to allow state law to determine if law-abiding citizens can carry a firearm for self-defense while visiting National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges. The right for a citizen to defend himself is both Constitutionally protected and is not negotiable.

    Please let me know what you are going to do.


    Here is a link to the letter and the text of the letter:

    United States Senate

    WASHINGTON, DC 20510

    December 14, 2007

    The Honorable Dirk Kempthorne


    Department of the Interior

    1849 C Street, NW.

    Washington DC 20240

    Dear Secretary Kempthorne:

    We write today concerning a longstanding effort to have the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service remove their prohibitions on law-abiding citizens from transporting and carrying firearms on lands managed by these agencies.

    We appeal to

    you on this matter in the interest of Second Amendment rights and consistency in firearms policy across federal public land management agencies.

    As you know, 36 CFR 2.4, applicable to the National Park Service, and 50 CFR 27.42, applicable to the Fish and Wildlife Service, prohibits individuals from possessing a firearm on lands managed by those agencies - even citizens with valid concealed weapons permits.

    These regulations infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners, who wish to transport and carry firearms on or across these lands. Also, you will note that other federal land management agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service allow transporting and carrying of firearms on these lands in accordance with the laws of the host state. These inconsistencies in firearms regulations for public lands are confusing, burdensome, and unnecessary.

    For these reasons, we support an exception to 36 CFR 2.4 and 50 CFR

    27.42 to allow

    law-abiding citizens to transport and carry firearms consistent with state law where the National Park Service's sites and the National Wildlife Refuges are located. Such regulatory changes would respect the Second Amendment rights of law- abiding gun owners, while providing a consistent application of state weapons laws across all land ownership boundaries.

    We appreciate the opportunity to share our concerns with you. Please treat this letter in conformance with all applicable procedural rules and ethical guidelines.


    Senator Mike Crapo

    Senator Max Baucus

    Senator Larry Craig

    Senator Tim Johnson

    Senator Jim Inhofe

    Senator Jon Tester

    Senator David Vitter

    Senator Mark Pryor

    Senator Gordon Smith

    Senator Blanche Lincoln

    Senator Orrin Hatch

    Senator Byron Dorgan

    Senator Norm Coleman

    Senator Ben Nelson

    Senator Tom Coburn

    Senator Jim Webb

    Senator Judd Gregg

    Senator Lisa Murkowski

    Senator John Ensign

    Senator John Sununu

    Senator Ted Stevens

    Senator Robert Bennett

    Senator Saxby Chambliss

    Senator Thad Cochran

    Senator Johnny Isakson

    Senator John Bunning

    Senator Wayne Allard

    Senator John Thune

    Senator Chuck Grassley

    Senator Bob Corker

    Senator Trent Lott

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

    Senator Pat Roberts

    Senator Mel Martinez

    Senator John Cornyn

    Senator Richard Shelby

    Senator Chuck Hagel

    Senator Lindsey Graham

    Senator Elizabeth Dole

    Senator Mike Enzi

    Senator John McCain

    Senator John Barrasso

    Senator Sam Brownback

    Senator Pete Domenici

    Senator Jim DeMint

    Senator Jeff Sessions

    Senator Jon Kyl


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    VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.

    (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

    VCDL web page:

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    Done and done!

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    Utah Senators Orrin Hatch And Bob Bennett are both on that list!

    Odd... I dont see Senator Clinton or Obama on there. They must not have seen it yet. :quirky
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    Webb didn't answer my six letters on why he hadn't co-sponsored S.388. After the first, all of which were polite until the last, where I pointed him to

    He didn't answer my letter thanking him for finally co-sponsoring S.388.

    So, that's what he thinks of his constituents.
    Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. -Albert Einstein

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