Oregon's Democratic U.S. senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley supported gun owners rights today by voting to allow law-abiding citizens to carry firearms in National Parks.
Wyden and Merkley joined with 27 Democrats and 39 Republicans to pass an amendment to give gun owners the same rights and protections to carry in National Parks that have existed in BLM and Forest Service lands for decades without any problems.
Crime against park rangers and visitors has seen an increase in recent years and this prudent, bipartisan legislation should ensure that criminals won't find National Parks easy hunting grounds for defenseless victims. (See previous post for more information: "Guns in National Parks: Yes, No, or Sometime?")
Please be sure to thank our senators for their vote today.