Beginning tomorrow, people will be able to carry loaded handguns, rifles and shotguns in national parks and wildlife refuges, as long as the state in which the park is located allows guns, NPR correspondent Ted Robbins reports.
The controversial rule change was part of a bill which congress passed in May. The rule's passage was a bitter defeat for gun-control advocates, and for others who worry that loaded guns will bring about more violence in now-peaceful places.
Rules about using guns, however, will not change, Robbins says. It still will be illegal to hunt in parks and refuges, and it still will be illegal to discharge firearms there.
A spokesman for the National Park Service says guns will be allowed in all but 20 or so parks. Guns will also be allowed in 551 national wildlife refuges.