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Alexander Cosponsors Amendment to Extend Gun Rights on Federal Recreational Land

Press release from the Office of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander; July 10, 2014:

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.

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TWRA Announces Closure of Federal Public Lands in TN

Press release from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; October 1, 2013:

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is informing sportsmen that due to the federal governmental shutdown on Oct. 1, several federal public lands have been impacted.

All Tennessee national wildlife refuges, including Tennessee and Cross Creeks, are now closed. The permitted hunts will be canceled and the refuges will be closed to all public use. All refuge boat ramps are closed and refuges are closed to all fishing.

All refuge roads, observation decks, and hiking trails are closed to all access. All refuge offices and visitor centers are closed.

Land Between the Lakes remains open to hunting, back country camping, and hiking. However, all facilities that are normally staffed are closed. The process of evacuating all paid campgrounds is underway. The visitor centers are closed. Persons in need of a hunting permit will need to purchase those online or at a license agent other than the LBL visitor centers.

In regard to other areas, Fort Campbell hunting and fishing remains open at this time. Big South Fork is closed to the public. On both the North and South units of the Cherokee National Forest, all gates that are open will remain open although some campgrounds and restroom facilities may not be available.

The closures have come due to the lapse in appropriated funds, affecting all public lands managed by the Department of the Interior (National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management facilities, etc.). For more information, FAQs, and updates, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

Persons interested in visiting federal lands and facilities are advised to monitor media outlets for further and updated information.