Protection of right of individuals to bear arms
The 2d amendment to the Constitution provides that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”.
Section 2.4(a)(1) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, provides that “except as otherwise provided in this section and parts 7 (special regulations) and 13 (Alaska regulations), the following are prohibited: (i) Possessing a weapon, trap or net (ii) Carrying a weapon, trap or net (iii) Using a weapon, trap or net”.
The regulations described in paragraph (2) prevent individuals complying with Federal and State laws from exercising the 2d amendment rights of the individuals while at System units.
The existence of different laws relating to the transportation and possession of firearms at different System units entrapped law-abiding gun owners while at System units.
Although the Bush administration issued new regulations relating to the 2d amendment rights of law-abiding citizens in System units that went into effect on January 9, 2009—
on March 19, 2009, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a preliminary injunction with respect to the implementation and enforcement of the new regulations; and
the new regulations—
are under review by the Obama administration; and
may be altered.
Congress needs to weigh in on the new regulations to ensure that unelected bureaucrats and judges cannot again override the 2d amendment rights of law-abiding citizens on 83,600,000 acres of System land.
Federal laws should make it clear that the 2d amendment rights of an individual at a System unit should not be infringed.
Protection of Right of Individuals To Bear Arms in System Units.—
The Secretary shall not promulgate or enforce any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm, including an assembled or functional firearm, in any System unit if—
the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm; and
the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the State in which the System unit is located.
(Pub. L. 113–287, § 3, Dec. 19, 2014, 128 Stat. 3168.)