WASHINGTON, DC – Second Amendment supporters are one step closer to responsibly protecting themselves on some federal recreational lands after Friday’s vote in Congress. The House passed H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (SHARE Act); a bill aimed at protecting Second Amendment rights for sportsmen and enhancing conservation efforts. 

Among the items included in the legislation is Gibbs’ Recreational Land Self Defense Act, which allows law-abiding Americans to possess a firearm on land owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers if they are legally permitted carry a firearm and if it is in compliance with the laws of the state the land is located.

After the vote, Congressman Gibbs was quoted: “Law abiding citizens deserve the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.  The Army Corps operates over 11 million acres of land with 90,000 campsites, much of which is in remote locations with no easy access to emergency services or law enforcement.  American citizens who are legally permitted to carry a firearm should be able to protect themselves and their family while recreating on Army Corps’ land.  This important legislation will provide clarity and uniformity for responsible Americans to treat Army Corps’ property the same as land owned by the National Park Services and the Fish and Wildlife Service.”

“On behalf of our 5 million members across the country, we would like to thank Representative Gibbs for his leadership on this important issue,” said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This legislation is an important step toward removing the patchwork of laws that prohibit or restrict where law-abiding Americans may legally carry a firearm for self-defense.”

More information on H.R. 2406 can be found here.