NPS to Brief Concessioners on New Law Authorizing Possession of Firearms in National Parks
Today, NPS begins implementing Sec. 512 of P.L. 111-24, which was signed by President Obama, and allows the possession of firearms in National Parks subject to the laws in the adjacent community. Concessioners may find themselves in a situation in which customers bring firearms on trips and should be prepared to address that situation appropriately. Firearms are not allowed everywhere in National Parks. NPS is supposed to brief concessioners on the new law and its enactment.
Some exceptions should be noted:
• Firearms will be barred from federal facilities.
• The law only applies to possession. Brandishment of weapons is not permitted.
• Some Parks span two states, so the law in part of the Park may be different from that part of the Park in the other state.
• NPS encourages concessioners to establish policies for your areas in parks regarding possession of firearms which are consistent with state and local laws and to post those policies.
• Concessioners need not change any policies you have in place regarding carrying of firearms by your employees, and having firearms in provided housing, provided those policies do not violate state or local laws.
• NPS policy will prohibit NPS employees from carrying firearms while on the job unless they are authorized to do so as law enforcement agents.
If you have questions about the applicability of the law to your operations in a specific National Park, contact your Park Superintendent. (Source of information, NPHA.)
Watch for FAX on Legislation Regarding Requirement for CDL’s for 9 to 15 Passenger Vans
Tonight you will receive a briefing on legislation which proposes to require Commercial Drivers Licenses for 9 to 15 passenger vans used in interstate commerce that is contained in the House and Senate version of the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act. Some states automatically adopt federal standards, so even if you don’t cross state lines you could be impacted if this law is passed. The provision requiring CDL’s is contained in H.R. 1396 in the House of Representatives, which also requires the installation of event and driver monitors. S. 554, which has been marked-up in the Senate, also includes the provision requiring CDL’s for 9 to 15 passenger vans used to transport customers across state lines.
These bills may get attached to a highway bill at some point. We need to register opposition to this provision before this bill gets any further. While a highway bill may not happen this year, we have been advised that expressing concern at this stage is crucial to getting these provisions removed from the bill.
On February 1st, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued new regulation for 9 to 15 passenger commercial motor vehicle used in interstate commerce. The regulation only applies to transportation where the transportation service is provided for direct compensation, i.e., no other services such as outfitting and guiding are included in the price. This regulation does not require CDL’s or drug and alcohol testing, but does require new record keeping, driver qualification requirements, inspections and other requirements. See the bulletin archive on http://www.americaoutdoors.org for more information.
Gas Price Expected to Approach $3.00 Per Gallon
The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) forecasts that the annual average regular-grade retail gasoline price will increase from $2.35 per gallon in 2009 to $2.84 in 2010 and $2.97 in 2011 because of the rising average crude oil price forecast. Pump prices may exceed $3 per gallon at times during the approaching spring and summer. Projected annual average retail diesel fuel prices are $2.95 and $3.16 per gallon, respectively, in 2010 and 2011.
While demand remains low in the U.S., demand in China continues to grow putting pressure on supplies.