Before leaving office, the Bush Administration gave the gun lobby a last-minute gift by allowing loaded, hidden firearms into America’s national parks and wildlife refuges. Recently, the U.S. District Court Judge presiding over the law suit brought by the Brady Campaign to challenge Bush’s rule, deemed the gun-friendly rule illegal and issued an injunction restoring prior rules regarding weapons in national parks.

The Bush rule went into effect on January 9, 2009, but the court’s ruling immediately halts the Bush rule and reinstates rules dating back to President Reagan that restrict concealed weapons in parks and refuges.

The court issued the injunction in the Brady Campaign’s case and a related case brought by the National Parks Conservation Association, the Coalition of National Park Services Retirees, and Association of National Park Rangers filed January 6, 2009.  The court ordered the government to immediately stop “implementing or enforcing” the Bush rule, and gives the government until April 20, 2009, to indicate its “intended course of action” concerning the Rule.

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