Federal Bill H.R. 1865, The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act Introduced
Urge your Member of Congress to Cosponsor this
Important Legislation--On May 12, Rep. Bob Gibbs
(R-Ohio) and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) introduced
H.R. 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act,
which is designed to protect the rights of gun owners
on lands owned or managed by the Army Corps of
Legislation that made it legal to possess firearms for
self-defense on National Park Service and National
Wildlife Refuge System lands greatly expanded the
places where law-abiding Americans can legally carry
firearms for self-defense. However, that change in the
law did not include millions of acres of recreational
land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps
owns or manages over 11.7 million acres, including 400
lakes and river projects, 90,000 campsites and 4,000
miles of trails.
After passage of the change in carry regulations for
National Parks, the Army Corps released a statement
that read: "Public Law 111-024 does not apply to Corps
projects of facilities . . . It [the Army Corps] will
continue to prohibit loaded concealed weapons on Corps
properties regardless of the new law and
notwithstanding any contrary provisions of state law."
H.R. 1865 will reverse this Army Corps policy and
prohibit the Secretary of the Army from enforcing any
regulation that prohibits gun possession in compliance
with state law on Corps projects and lands. The legislation
would not, however, allow firearms in federal
facilities such as Army Corps headquarters, Corps
research facilities or lock and dam buildings.
This important legislation is another step in the
removal of a patchwork of laws that prohibit or
restrict where law-abiding people may legally carry a
firearm for self-defense.
"According to some estimates, the federal government
owns 30 percent of all land across this country," said
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "This bill
will take us one step closer toward having a
consistent firearms policy across all federal lands.
The members of the NRA along with tens of millions of
other gun owners would like to thank Congressmen Gibbs
and Altmire for their leadership in seeking a
common-sense bipartisan remedy to this problem."
Please click here to see a list of cosponsors.
Please click here to contact your Member of congress
and thank him or her if they have signed on this
important bill. Or, if he or she is not yet a
cosponsor, urge you Representative to sign on in
support of H.R. 1865.
ISRA needs your continued support. McDonald v
Chicago was not the end of the fight but the beginning.
The ISRA is the front line in the battles for your
firearm rights here in Illinois, such as the new lawsuit
for Right-To-Carry announced yesterday, and the lawsuit initiated in March to prevent Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan from
forcing the Illinois State Police to release your FOID
information to the Associated Press.