WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today cosponsored an amendment by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that would allow a law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm on recreational lands owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in compliance with the firearms laws of the state.
“I see no good reason why the Corps should be allowed to discourage the use of nearly 12 million acres of land across the United States and deny the Second Amendment rights of Tennesseans who have enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping on these lands for generations,” Alexander said.
Wicker’s amendment to the Sportsmen’s Act would ensure the Army Corps’ policy towards firearms is consistent with the policy already in effect at National Park and National Wildlife Refuges. Currently, a person may possess firearms in a National Park or National Wildlife Refuge as long as they comply with the firearms laws of the park or refuge’s home state. However, these same rights are not extended to lands owned or managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.