Crapo Introduces Bill to Codify National Park Gun Rule

Effort to overturn recent court decision striking down Bush rules-

Crapo Introduces Bill to Codify National Park Gun Rule. Gun politics is getting very interesting. Will Congress record a vote on guns in national parks? Will the President sign it? By Bill Schneider. New West.

This is all an attempt by the NRA, and its apparent auxiliary organization, the Republican Party, to generate some kind of issue to keep people from fleeing.

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Note: I am personally in favor of guns. Sometimes makes my liberal friends nervous, but I don’t think any conservationist who gets in the news should run around defenseless.

When Crapo had one of his famous colaboration meetings (on the roadless area issue) years back, I wonder if he knew some of the participants at the table were armed?



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  1. Mike Avatar

    We’re in one of the worst recessions in modern times, and these people are worried about carrying guns in national parks? What about health care? Seemsto be a much bigger priority than little boys playing soldier in the woods.

  2. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    The people who will get upset about not being able to have a gun in the national parks are statistically more likely to be people who are in economic trouble.

    This is a (mostly) Republican way to divert them from addressing their situation in a politically effective way.

  3. Salle Avatar

    He didn’t seem to mind that Ron Gillette had a side arm, along with several others, at that “public hearing” in Salmon back in 2000 when Tim Sundles coughed up his allegedly first confession about the wolf he killed in the Frank Church Wilderness that year. I can smell gun oil from across the room and I alerted Carter and some others about the guns that should have been checked at the door but weren’t.

  4. DB Avatar

    I can sort of see why Democrats Baucus and Tester would sign on, although I wish they would show a little Jim Webb-like courage. But why would Mike Crapo, in a relatively safe senate seat, act as a tool for the NRA?

  5. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    If you ever talk with Crapo, he comes across as a guy who listens and is very reasonable, but his views are much like Larry Craig’s (who has a very unpleasant personal demeanor). Their voting records were almost identical.

    Crapo is a very conservative Republican, a party people are fleeing, at least for the time being.

    None of their issues are working, but an old standby for the party base is “the Democrats are going take your guns,” and then . . . let their imaginations fill in the horrible things to come when they’ve lost their guns.

    I’d say he does what the NRA wants (and vice versa) because it may keep the Republican base solid and cause some trouble for Western Democrats.

    Have you tried to buy a gun or ammo lately? Pretty hard to get what you want for a decent price because there has been a run on weapons because a certain segment of the population knows Obama is going take them away.

  6. Salle Avatar

    I agree with Ralph on the Crapo/Craig connection. Crapo votes like a “mini-me” of Craig but has a different way of telling you he doesn’t care what you think if it isn’t what he;s involved in… like promoting the fearmongering mantra of “…is going to take your guns away.”

    You should’ve heard all the worried gun enthusiasts where I live in the region about how Obama was going to take all their guns away the day after the election. I think the Montana sentors and some others are going to find it harder to make their ferarmongering tactics work when you look at all the shootings going on lately, with AK47’s and the like. There’s no reason any civilian should have such a weapon that is specifically anti-personnel oriented.

    All such weapons of that sort are only perpetuating the armongers and terrorists and to the financial benefit of the military industrial complex who are the reason the world is now over-armed and set on hair-trigger.

    I do own guns but they are primitive replicas, I only target shoot and have no desire to hunt. (And I’m not a vegetarian.)

  7. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Mike, I agree, there are a lot more important things going on right now than to worry about gun control. Also, will somebody tell me why people think they need guns in national parks? I think this is the NRA being completely PARANOID and giving responsible gun owners a bad name. I am a hunter but I do not support an organization like the NRA.

  8. Mike Avatar

    ProWolf – To me it sounds like the NRA knows the gun control wars of the 90’s are over, and they are desperately trying to drum up some sort of excitement and self-validation recently. Look at what they did to the giant public lands bill initially, as well as the national park led ban. The democrats for the most part have moved on from the gun battle.

    It’s over, but the NRA wants to relive the glory days. I see more attacks by them on public land bills in the future in a desperate attempt to keep their name in the news.

  9. Tom Page Avatar
    Tom Page


    I think you’re right on the mark here. With the court decision last year (Ralph could elaborate on the specifics) that struck down local gun-control initiatives, there is little left to legally argue about when it comes to gun ownership. The NRA and the rightwing of the GOP are desperate to keep this issue going because it has been so successful for them. They’d like nothing more than to have democrats portrayed as “anti-gun” when the next election cycle rolls around.

    It’s my understanding that they tried to do this prior to the election season in the Senate, in order to force Clinton and Obama to vote, but Harry wasn’t having any of it.

    Disclosure: I own several guns, and use them for hunting.

  10. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Well stated Mike and Tom.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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