Their View: Lawmakers need to explain their reasoning
Current law puts some limits on gun owners who wish to carry or transport firearms into or across national parks and wildlife refuges.
The guns cannot be readily accessible. In other words, firearms must be unloaded and locked in a case or in the vehicle's trunk.
The rules date from 1983, The National Park Service says before that time, they had a problem with tourists engaging in dangerous impromptu target practice or shooting at wildlife, including bears, snakes, wolves and coyotes.
Well, it seems many in the U.S. Senate wants those rules changed.
Forty-seven senators have signed a letter asking President Bush to repeal the restrictions of firearms and allow tourists to carry guns pretty much as they wish. We suppose that includes being allowed to carry a loaded pistol on their person.
The letter says the rules "infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners who wish to transport and carry firearms on or across these lands."
We have to wonder what is behind all of this.
We support the Second Amendment, But it doesn't seem too great a burden to unload a gun and keep it locked up when on public land, where hunting and gun sports are not permitted.
In fact, it seems the common sense thing to do.
The senators who signed this letter should explain a bit more about why they are so hot to ease these gun restrictions before the president considers doing so.