It has been a long time in coming. In fact, many left-wing groups such as the Sierra Club and other groups funded by George Soros fought against this ruling when it was being developed.
If you are an outdoors type and hunt or hike or even use your mountain bike to travel through our vast abundance of National Forests, you probably know from experience that there are a lot of animals that would like to have you as a meal, or destroy you if you happen to unknowingly get close to their offspring.
There are also many gangs coming from Honduras, Columbia and Mexico (just to name a few) and use our National forests as a place to grow marijuana or run methamphetamine laboratories. Then you have the plain ordinary criminals, rapists and serial murderers stalking the woods for some easy prey.
Our National Forests, while pretty, harbor predators with four legs (mountain lions, bears, etc.), two legs (gang members, rapists, etc.) and even no legs (poisonous snakes) that are capable of seriously maiming or even killing us.
We have been given, by God, the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Our Founding Fathers, being God-fearing religious people, recognized these rights and have included them in our Declaration of Independence. In fact, they declare these rights in the second paragraph; we know it was at the top of their list of rights.
Getting killed by a bear or mountain lion definitely infringes on our Right to Life. Getting kidnapped by a rapist would definitely desecrate our Right to Liberty. Getting beat up (or worse), robbed and left for dead along the side of an isolated trail unquestionably violates my Pursuit of Happiness.
So the United States Department of the Interior found that we have the right to defend ourselves in the National Parks. They are allowing the concealed carrying of weapons for protection. The news release states: “The final rule, which updates existing regulations, would allow an individual to carry a concealed weapon in national parks and wildlife refuges if, and only if, the individual is authorized to carry a concealed weapon under state law in the state in which the national park or refuge is located.” <PDF Version>
This is great for those states that allow the discrete carry of sidearms. However, for those of us in California and other far-left-liberal states, it does not mean too much as there are very few CCW permits offered in most of the counties in California. They should have made it a Federal rule and just allowed the discrete carry.
For those of you who are able to carry, get the Judge. It takes both 410 shotshells (great for snakes) and 45’s.