(File photo: WLOS staff) WASHINGTON, DC — A North Carolina Senator, along with nine GOP colleagues, has introduced a bill that would allow gun owners increased access to public lands. U.S. Senator Thom Tillis introduced the Recreational Lands Self Defense Act, which he said would restore Second Amendment rights of people on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “We must recognize that the right to bear arms should include Army Corps of Engineers lands,” said Senator Tillis. “The law currently states that law-abiding gun owners may carry in National Parks and National Forests, but does not extend these same protections to lands owned by the Army Corps. I am proud to work with my colleagues to correct this problem and ensure that the Second Amendment is protected on public lands.” Under current law, people can carry a firearm on lands managed by the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture, including National Parks and National Forests, as long as it is consistent with state law. The Recreational Lands Defense Act would treat Army Corps land in the same manner, allowing parity on nearly 12 million acres of Army Corps recreation lands. It would not change current legal prohibition of guns in federal facilities. The full bill is available HERE .
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