Gun rights advocates file second lawsuit against weapons ban in state parks and forests

Gun rights advocates file second lawsuit against weapons ban in state parks and forests

State officials are proposing new rules limiting where people can carry weapons in state parks, forests and wildlife areas. Read more about this issue at delawareonline.com. Wochit (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal) Gun rights advocates are back in court challenging the state’s revised rules regarding where firearms are allowed in parks and forests. The latest lawsuit, filed in Superior Court this week, follows a Delaware Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that a gun ban in state parks and forests was unconstitutional. The new suit says new limitations on firearms finalized earlier this month suffer some of the same inadequacies as the full ban that was in effect for decades. “They’re in the same position they were before the regulations were struck down,” said Jeff Hague, president of Delaware’s local National Rifle Association affiliate, the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association. The lawsuit was filed by the state association and Bridgeville Rifle & Pistol Club member John Sylvester against the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the state Department of Agriculture and those agencies’ secretaries. The plaintiffs contend in the lawsuit that the revised ban, which essentially sets designated gun-free zones in state parks, forests and wildlife areas, is at odds with both the Delaware and United States constitutions. “A deprivation of constitutional rights can constitute irreparable harm,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants are depriving plaintiffs of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms both inside rented living spaces, and outside the home.” Those designated weapon-free areas […]

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