February 19th, 2009
12:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin defends rule allowing loaded weapons in national parks

Palin supports the last-minute Bush administration regulation.
Palin supports the last-minute Bush administration regulation.

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote the Interior Department on Wednesday to express her support for a last-minute Bush administration regulation that allows the carrying of concealed weapons in national parks.

Palin said the new measure provides Alaskans with a means of self-defense in a state with vast swaths of federally-protected wilderness.

"As you know, my state contains vast, pristine areas where the ability to carry firearms can address a potentially life-threatening situation, enabling citizens to respond to bear and other wildlife conflicts," Palin wrote in a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

She added that "many urban and rural hunters utilize firearms in the pursuit of wildlife to satisfy their nutritional and cultural needs."

The Bush administration lifted a 25-year-old federal ban on carrying loaded weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges in December, a policy change backed by the National Rifle Association but opposed by a coalition of park rangers and conservation groups who argued that wildlife areas would become less safe.

The new rule took effect on January 9, but Salazar has ordered a 90-day review of the environmental impact of the decision. Just last week, however, the Obama Justice Department defended the Bush regulation, arguing that it would not adversely impact the environment or public safety.

Under the regulation, park-goers carrying weapons must abide by state gun laws when visiting parks, laws Palin said are adequate and "will not detract from the purposes of national parks and wildlife refuges."


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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Eileen

    This bimbo is totally out of her mind! The national parks are there so that we can enjoy the beauty of this country without fear of being shot by some bozo with a gun. Check 'em at the gate....you betcha...wink, wink.

    If the folks in Alaska are anything like their politicians they don't abide by the laws anyway......

    February 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. bob in LA

    Maybe they should allow loaded guns in government buildigs and see if No-Clue Palin feels the same way. Afterall- you never know when a wild carzy perosnmay wander in!

    February 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Michigan Millionaire

    @ Gracie

    I fly fish in Yellowstone a couple of times a year. I don't "seek out" dangerous animals, but a couple of times now moose (and one grizzly) seem to have found me. Yellowstone allows no guns whatsoever, rifles, pistols, concealed or openly carried. Even gun parts are banned. I haven't been injured yet, and hope I never am, but I would feel a lot more comfortable with a single action .45 under my arm than a measly bottle of bar spray.

    Also, it's clear that 90% of the anti-gun posters here know nothing about firearms except what they've "learned" from movies and TV.

    February 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    @ a kickin' donkey, who asked "How many of us think that Mr. Obama would give any consideration to any request made by Sarah Palin? What are the chances she has ANY influence with him?"

    I certainly don't think she has any influence, but I think it would be naive to think, based on everything he's done and said so far since the inauguration, that Obama intends to play petty, vengeful games like a GOPer would. It's not his style. He'd rather hand someone the rope and let them hang themself.

    February 19, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. RealityKing

    To late for the two women found murdered while hiking and camping along the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park Virginia,.

    February 19, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Lolly, CO

    I would like to see Palin shoot a Grizzly w/ a pistol in self defense ... probably will work.. hah! ... maybe she should come up with a logical argument.

    February 19, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. RealityKing

    And let us not forget Meredith Emerson, the 24-year-old missing hiker from Vogel State Park, who died from a blow to the head last summer.

    February 19, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. VIRGINIA MAN

    I HAVE NEVER FACED ANY CHALLENGES AT A NAT'L PARK SO THAT I CAN'T SAY! BUT I HAVE FACED A CHALLENGE AT THE MOVIE THEATER JUST TRYING TO BUY SOME POPCORN ! A GUN AT THE MOVIES, OH YEAH!

    February 19, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Dace Tucson AZ

    Wow surprise the monster who cuts off wolf legs for bounty and allows mother bears and cubs to be slaughtered and sues the bush admin for being to liberal on the environment by protecting the last of the polar bears she wants to kill. This hateful liar who steals tax payer money should just pay her taxes and stop making tax payers cover her F word network interviews and shut up.

    February 19, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Felicha, Florida

    I'M SCREAMING RIGHT ABOUT NOW UHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

    LISTEN PEOPLE THE TONGUE IS A POWERFUL THING...

    LET US BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY.... ALSO WHAT WE THINK...

    IF YOU ARE A PERSON THAT WAITING FOR OBAMA TO FAIL, THEN TRUST ME YOU ARE WAITING TO FAIL YOURSELF, FAMILY AND FRIENDS...

    WE ARE LETTING THAT UGLY RACISM DIVIDE US ONCE AGAIN AND THIS THING WITH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IS GETTING A LITTLE OUT OF HAND RIGHT NOW .....

    I HATE TO SAY IT BUT I MUST..... THIS HATRED REMINDS ME OF THE GENOCIDE IN AFRICA WITH THE TUTU'S AND MUMU'S WHATEVER THE HELLZ THEY CALLED THEMSELVES...... NOTHING

    SEPARATING THEM BUT DUMBNESS AND HATE FILLED IDIOLOGIES THAT NEVER GOT THEM NOR WILL IT GET US ANY DAYUMMM WHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GROW UP AND LET US STAND TOGETHER FOR ONCE THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT YOU BECAUSE INSTEAD OF ACTING LIKE THE INTELLIGENT BEINGS WE ARE WE ARE ACTING LIKE (SOMEBODY FILL IN THIS BLANK FOR ME PLEASE)

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS YOUR PRESIDENT LIKE IT OR NOT
    STAND BEHIND YOUR LEADER AND LET THE MAN LEAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    Gary Stayner murdered three Yosemite National Park sightseers, Carole Sund, Juli Sund and Silvina Pelosso. To bad they were dependent on the government for protect..

    February 19, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. John L in StL Mo.

    I dont think that bears should have concealed weapons, this woman is dense.

    February 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. skatesailor

    Ninety percent of you don't understand what you are talking about. You have way too much time on your hands and very little understanding of the topic. You need to understand Alaska and its people. There aren't supermarkets every 100 yds or sometimes every 100 miles. It's a wilderness. People rely on game for subsistence. Bears and moose roam Anchorage. Bears have attacked and killed half a dozen hikers, joggers, and bikers in the last 6 months. Much of Alaska is park country so it only makes sense to allow for protection. For those of you who are anti-Palin, anti-gun, or anti-meat educate yourselves before speaking. You are just highlighting your ignorance.

    February 19, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. nardofree

    maybe the gun isn't for the four footed beast, but most definitely for the two legget ones which can be just as deadly! i feel you on that virginia man.

    February 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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