New Rule on Guns in Parks Takes Effect February 22 I'm an NRA member and unlike some people, I believe the 2nd Amendment should stand as it is and not be repealed. That said, this is wrong. There is no good reason to have a gun in a national park. :no: I agree, national parks are not supposed to be hunting reserves. While there have been a number of violent crimes in parks allowing people to carry guns for self-defense does not guarantee that the rapes, muggings, murders etc will decrease. Who defines what guns are strictly for self defense? Can you carry a .32, a Glock, a Desert Eagle? Some people think it's okay to use an AK-47 for deer hunting. I don't want those people armed and in the park when I'm just there for a picnic or to enjoy the sites.