Reid, Ensign Both Back Gun Rights in National Parks

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nevada's two U.S. senators don't agree on too
many things outside of the state. But Democrat Harry Reid and Republican John Ensign both voted today in favor of an amendment
that would allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and
wildlife refuges.

The amendment sponsored by Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn passed by a vote of 67-29.

Coburn says it would protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

The amendment allows firearms in parks and wildlife refuges, as long as they are allowed by federal, state and local law.

Groups supporting gun control, park rangers and retirees opposed the amendment, which they said went further than a Bush administration policy that briefly allowed loaded handguns in national parks and refuges.

A federal judge blocked the policy in March, two months after it went into effect in the waning days of President George W. Bush's term.

The Obama administration has said it will not appeal the court ruling.

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