New York State Senator José M. Serrano
(D-Manhattan/Bronx) and New York State
Assemblymember Steve Englebright (D-E. Setauket)
sent a letter last week, to which 30 legislators
signed on, to United States Senators Charles E.
Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, to express
disappointment in the U.S. House of
Representatives' recent passing of the
"Sportsmen's Heritage Act" (H.R. 4089), which
includes language that could allow much of the
National Park System to be open to hunting and recreational shooting.
The letter asks that if the Senate decides to
take up the House's bill, they "work to make sure
that the entire National Park System is excluded from any final legislation."
"Parks have always provided safe recreational
opportunities for families throughout our state,
and as such they are no place for firearms," said
Senator Serrano. "The Sportsmen's Heritage Act
will deeply affect the quality of life of the
thousands of residents and tourists who rely on
our parks for affordable outdoor activities.
Parks are a proven economic engine, and we must
ensure that visitors continue to feel safe and
protected in these treasured spaces."
"New York State's parks, be they local, State, or
National, are environmental and heritage
treasures," Assemblyman Steve Englebright said,
"they are places of peaceful serenity and quiet
contemplation for millions of our
citizens. Unfortunately, there are those in our
Congress that would seek to open these parks to
various individuals carrying firearms, which
would represent a great threat not only to the
wildlife and employees of the parks, but to the
visitors seeking relaxing recreation."
The Sportsmen's Heritage Act follows
Congressional approval from 2009 which allows gun
owners to bring firearms into national parks and
wildlife refuges as long as they are permitted by
the laws of the state in which the park is
located. Serrano and Englebright have authored
legislation (A4619/S7441) to counteract that
policy. The bill would prohibit the possession of
concealed firearms in any national park or
national wildlife refuge system located within New York State.
strange, in wa you are allowed to carry a loaded concealed pistol on public transpo [bus, ferry, train] so long as you are in legal possession of a legal weapon and in possession of a current and valid Concealed Pistol License.In Missouri we have excellent gun laws.
The only criminal violation is carrying on PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION....and thats a federal crime.