In less than two weeks a new federal law concerning firearms in national parks will go into effect. The new law, signed by President Obama last year which will go into effect on February 22, will allow park visitors to possess firearms in national parks consistent with the laws of the state in which the area is located.
As a result of straddling two states, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will pose a unique problem for visitors wishing to possess firearms within the park. According to a press release from the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees:
In North Carolina, there are few gun restrictions and visitors could be seen openly carrying guns. However, if you happen to be a gun-carrying visitor, you will need a “carry permit” when you cross into the part of the park located in Tennessee.
For more information, the park website has recently posted basic information regarding the laws and policies concerning firearms possesion within the Smokies. There are several links on this page that provide more in depth information as well.
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