Congressman Gibbs Introduces the ‘Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act’

January 28, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Gibbs released the following statement after introducing the H.R. 578 Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act:

“Today, I introduced the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act to protect Second Amendment rights in our nation’s outdoor recreation areas. Under current law, an individual may possess a functional firearm at a national park or wildlife refuge system with the exception that they are not previously prohibited from possessing a firearm or breaking State laws. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not honored State-issued concealed weapon permits at their facilities, leaving Americans unable to exercise their Second Amendment rights while they camp or hunt on their land. This bill will ensure that federal facilities remain safe while returning the right to gun owners when they are legally camping, hunting, and fishing on Army Corps property.

Fast Facts on H.R. 578:

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns 7.6 million acres of land and manages another 4.1 million acres of area including 400 lakes and river projects, 90,000 campsites and 4,000 miles of trails.
  • The U.S. Army Corps is the largest federal provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation.
  • This bill does not change the current legal prohibition of guns and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities, like the Corps Headquarters, Engineering Research facilities and lock and dam buildings.
  • The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act was included in the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act in the 113th Congress.
  • Supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA)