The Park Service confirmed today that the agency will recognize handgun permits from Tennessee and North Carolina, beginning in January.
NPS spokesman Bob Miller in Gatlinburg said under current regulations, firearms can be brought into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park only when cased or trigger-locked and left in vehicles.
The new regulations will allow people who have valid permits to carry weapons to keep them on their person.
The new rules will apply to permits holders from Tennessee, North Carolina and states with which they have reciprocal agreements.
What are your thoughts on this? Is this a bad idea, one that will make the park more dangerous? Or, will it provide a degree of protection from bad guys and maybe even bears?
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