Sens. Cruz, Crapo, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Second Amendment Rights on Federal Land Sens. Cruz, Crapo, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Second Amendment Rights on Federal Land

Sens. Cruz, Crapo, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Second Amendment Rights on Federal Land Sens. Cruz, Crapo, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Second Amendment Rights on Federal Land

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) today introduced a bill to bring parity to gun owners using public lands. The Recreational Lands Defense Act would restore Second Amendment rights of individuals recreating on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under current law, an individual may 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. Upon introduction, Sen. Cruz said: “I am proud to join Sen. Crapo on this bill to restrict federal overreach and restore Second Amendment rights for law-abiding gun owners on land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This bill protects the right to bear arms on this public, federally owned land as long as it is consistent with state law – a right that should never have been removed from Texans and Americans in the first place.” Sen. Crapo said: “The inability to carry firearms on Corps land is inconsistent with regulations governing public, […]

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