We can thank Senator Tom Coburn and all gun rights members of the Congress for passing an amendment to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 to allow citizens who are authorized to carry firearms according to their state law, to also carry firearms into National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. The amended bill was passed by the Senate 90-5 and by the House of Representatives 361-64. The Bill was signed into law by Barack Obama on May 22, 2009.
The new law goes into effect nine months after signing so February 22, 2010 will mark the return of lawfully carried firearms in the National Park system and the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Here is the text of the new law:
Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens on 83,600,000 acres of National Park System land and 90,790,000 acres of land under the jurisdiction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
(8) The Federal laws should make it clear that the second amendment rights of an individual at a unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System should not be infringed.
(b) Protecting the Right of Individuals to Bear arms in Units of the National Park System and the National Wildlife Refuge System.--The Secretary of the Interior shall not promulgate or enforce any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm including an assembled or functional firearm in any unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System if--
(1) the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm; and
(2) the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the State in which the unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System is located.