Northwest lawmakers back guns in parks
May 21, 2009
MATTHEW DALY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON
Northwest lawmakers sided with the majority as Congress voted to allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. Eleven House members from five Northwest states voted in favor of the gun measure Wednesday, while just seven opposed it. In the Senate, the outcome was even more lopsided. Eight of the 10 senators from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana supported the bill, which allows licensed gun owners to bring firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges as long as they are allowed by state law. The bil...