- Apr 6, 2006
"Bet she was glad you had a handgun!"
I guess although at the time she was probably on the other side of the fence. My biggest problem was where we were camped. We were camped quite close to Yosemite National Park and back then having a firearm on park ground was a really big no no. We just were not sure if we were over the line or good to go. BTW, the young lady took a lot of stitches. I never had the opportunity to see her again so don't know if I'd have gotten a thanks. It was just my nature to have the gu with me. I've never camped anywhere and not had afirearm of some sort. These day it would either be one of my .44 magnums or Ruger Bisley 5.5" with John Linebaugh level loads and the 250 gr. Keith bullet.
I am so glad that now it's legal to have a firearm in the National Parks. However, I will admit to having one anyway, even before it was legal. Seemed downright dumb to camp in an area known for bear & other big, sometimes surly, animals and NOT have a way for dealing with one if necessary. So ya, I broke the law and had usually a magnum revolver of some sort with me, if not both a handgun and a rifle. They just stayed discretely out of sight.
Heck, I keep 'em discretely out of sight now.
BTW, if you do take a firearm to one of our national parks, remember that the structures there are all considered "Federal buildings" and carrying the gun inside is not legal. It would be real easy to get in trouble for that one.