Oregon senators say gun vote protects state rights
Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley say they were acting to preserve states' rights when they voted in favor of an amendment allowing loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.
Merkley spokeswoman Julie Edwards says Oregon law already allows qualified gun owners to carry firearms within state parks.
Under current federal policy, she adds, a gun owner could violate federal law by passing from state to federal land.
I'm always willing to point out when politicians that I normally don't agree with do the right thing. There is no reason to ban firearms in these parks and it should offend everyone that our federal government would try to infringe upon people's natural right to keep and bear arms by restricting where they can carry.