The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has sued the Bush administration to stop a new policy that would allow people to carry concealed, loaded guns in most national parks and wildlife refuges, the Associated Press reports. Said Brady president Paul Helmke, “We should not be making it easier for dangerous people to carry concealed firearms in our parks.”
The Brady campaign asked a federal court in Washington, D.C., to issue an injunction stopping the elimination of the 25-year-old federal rule that severely restricts loaded guns in national parks. The Interior Department rule overturns a Reagan-era regulation requiring that firearms be unloaded and placed somewhere not easily accessible, such as in a car trunk. The rule change would take effect before Barack Obama takes office. Overturning it could take years, because it would require restarting the lengthy rule-making process.