President Trump, End Gun Free Zones on Army Corps of Engineers Land
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The Corps allows hunting on some of its land. Except for hunting, possession of a functional firearm is prohibited on Corps land — even a handgun inside one's own tent. In Nesbitt v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Mountain States Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Idaho residents, regarding Corps recreational land in Idaho. In 2014, Federal District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the ban violates the Second Amendment. The Obama administration then appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
The 9th Circuit case was ready for oral argument, but then the Corps filed a request to remove the oral argument from the calendar and to put the case into mediation. The motion explained: "The Army Corps of Engineers is reconsidering the firearms policy challenged in this case, as well as plaintiffs' requests for permission to carry firearms on Army Corps property. This reconsideration has the potential to fully resolve plaintiffs' objections." However, the Corps has yet to do so after nearly a year.
Meanwhile, restrictions on carry in national parks eight years ago. As we have seen, lawfully armed Americans in national parks have caused no problems at all. The Corps of Engineers is the nation's largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation. It administers 422 lake and river projects in 43 states, spanning 12 million acres, encompassing 55,000 miles of shoreline and 4,500 miles of trails, and including 90,000 campsites and 3,400 boat launch ramps. Waters under its control constitute 33 percent of all U.S. freshwater fishing.
President Trump, you have the power to abolish gun free zones on ACOE land. Please do so.
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