Lincoln fights for Arkansans’ gun rights

Washington - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln is fighting on behalf of Arkansans' Second Amendment rights.  This week, Lincoln introduced legislation that would restore Second Amendment gun rights to visitors of national parks and wildlife refuges.

Lincoln's legislation is aimed at codifying a recent Department of the Interior (DOI) rule to allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in national parks and wildlife refuges.  Earlier this year, that rule was put in jeopardy by a Washington, DC-based federal district court's granting a preliminary injunction against the new rule's implementation.

"The Second Amendment affords law-abiding Arkansans the right to own and carry firearms.  Those rights should extend to national parks and wildlife refuges, as the Department of Interior has so determined," Lincoln said. "I will continue to fight to protect Arkansans' Second Amendment rights."

Lincoln, an avid sportsman who hails from a seventh-generation Arkansas farm family, has fought to protect Arkansans' Second Amendment rights throughout her tenure in Congress.  In a December 14, 2007 letter, Lincoln pressed then-Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne to remove DOI's prohibitions on law-abiding citizens from transporting and carrying firearms on lands managed by the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.  Lincoln and her Senate colleagues were instrumental in the DOI regulation change.

Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, National Rifle Association - Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) said, "I would like to thank Sen. Lincoln and the other sponsors of this legislation for supporting the right of law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves in our federal parks and wildlife refuges. This bill is a much-needed, common-sense measure that will amend out-of-date regulations and restore the Second Amendment rights of American gun owners."

Lincoln joined Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Bob Bennett (R-Utah), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing this legislation.