OK…now is the time for all the gun owners who demonstrated to Jim Zumbo that they are not asleep at the switch to direct all that energy to another constructive task.
As some of you may know, the VCDL has been leading the charge to get the National Park Service to repeal its administrative defensive firearm ban. To that end, VCDL circulated and submitted a petition for rule making to the NPS and Department of the Interior requesting that the ban on defensive firearms be lifted and that National Parks adhere to the laws of the States in which they are located (just like National Forests do now).
The NPS rejected the petition out of hand.
Apparently the DOI was not too happy with the NPS rejecting the petition without even bothering to mention the matter to their parent governmental department.
The bottom line is that this is not yet over.
The VCDL is asking all concerned gun owners to take the following actions:
I need all of you to do the following FOUR things NOW and URGENTLY no matter where you live, as this this is a NATIONAL effort:
1. CALL the DOI Legislative Affairs and leave a message for the Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne.
Say something like this:
“I encourage Secretary Kempthorne to implement the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Petition for Rule Making that the National Park Service has rejected out-of-hand. Law-abiding citizens should be allowed to protect themselves and their families while visiting a National Park.”
PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL – WE WANT DOI’S TELEPHONE LINE LIT UP BIG TIME!
Mr. Kempthorne’s telephone number in Washington, DC is: 202-208-7351
2. Call your U.S. Senators and Congressman. Their names, phone numbers and email addresses can be found by clicking here and entering your zip and address:
Say something like this:
“Please have the Senator [Congressman] contact the Department of the Interior’s Secretary, Dirk Kempthorne, and ask him to overturn the National Park Service’s rejection of the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Petition for Rule Making. Law-abiding citizens should be allowed to carry a handgun to defend themselves while visiting a National Park if the state in which the park is located allows such carry!”
PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL – WE WANT CONGRESS’ TELEPHONE LINES TO LIGHT UP AS BRIGHTLY AS DOI’S!
3. After calling your Senators and Congressman, follow up with an email.
Here is a sample email you can use:
Please ask the Department of the Interior’s Secretary, Dirk Kempthorne, to overturn the National Park Service’s arbitrary rejection of the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Petition for Rule Making and to implement that petition!
VCDL’s Petition for Rule Making, representing over ONE MILLION gun owners, would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun for self-defense in a National Park as long as the state in which that National Park is located allows such carry.
The National Park Service’s rejection letter was not only asinine, but condescending towards America’s gun owners.
My family member and I are given but one life each. I ask that you make sure that I can defend those lives while visiting a National Park!
Please let me know what you are going to do.
4. After calling and leaving a message for DOI, follow up with an email to Secretary Kempthorne:
Suggested email subject:
Please approve VCDL’s Petition for Rule Making!
Suggested email text:
Dear Secretary Kempthorne,
I ask that you approve and implement the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s (VCDL) Petition for Rule Making that would allow a law-abiding citizen to carry a handgun for self-defense in a National Park as long the state in which the park is located allows such carry.
The National Park Service sent a rejection letter to VCDL listing four very poor reasons for the rejection. None of the reasons listed legitimately justifies denying a person the right to defend the only life they have been given.
The Petition, representing over ONE MILLION gun owners, was basically rejected out-of-hand.
Please let me know what the Department of the Interior is going to do regarding this matter.
OK, ladies and gentlemen – let’s ROLL!