Bush’s Proposal to Allow Firearms in National Parks

Under pressure from a group of senators, the Bush administration would weaken the current rule, which requires that firearms be unloaded and stored to prevent their ready use, to allow them in National Parks.

WASHINGTON, DC (RUSHPRNEWS) 06/23/2008- The Bush administration has proposed a rule that would allow visitors to carry loaded firearms in every one of our national parks, posing a grave threat to our nation’s wildlife.

Please go to
http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction
today and tell the Bush administration to reject this outrageous proposal.

Under pressure from a group of senators, the Bush administration would weaken the current rule, which requires that firearms be unloaded and stored to prevent their ready use. This long-standing precaution has been crucial in controlling poachers within our nation’s national parks and protecting certain species from extinction — in particular, Yellowstone’s grizzly bear population.

If passed, the new rule would likely increase poaching of imperiled species, such as Greater Yellowstone’s grizzlies and wolves. In Wyoming — where state officials have already begun gunning down wolves — the wolf population is especially vulnerable.

Allowing visitors to carry loaded weapons would also pose a safety risk to millions of Americans who use our national parks every year.

Our national parks should be a safe haven for all wildlife and citizens. Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction
right away and tell the Bush administration you won’t stand for loaded guns in our national parks!

Thank you again for taking action on behalf of our parks and wildlife.

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

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