Army Corps of Engineers Considering Expanded Firearm Policy

The Army Corps of Engineers, which manages more than 400 waterways in the U.S. and many of the recreational opportunities found there—camping, fishing, boating, hiking and more—is accepting written comments on a proposal to modernize its firearm policy and better recognize the right to self-defense.

“This proposed revision would align the Corps regulation with the regulations of the other Federal land management agencies by removing the need for an individual to obtain written permission before possessing a weapon on Corps projects,” the announcement explains.

Hunting and fishing during authorized seasons, in designated areas with proper licenses—and law enforcement—are the only exceptions under the current regulation. Comments will be accepted through June 12, 2020.

The proposal explains, “…the revised regulation would permit an individual to possess a weapon and associated ammunition when the possession both complies with the Federal, state, and local law where the project is located, and the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the weapon.” Gun owners with a valid concealed carry permit at this time are required to secure written permission, although that would change if the new regulation is formally adopted.

The Army Corps of Engineers manages projects across 43 different states, with many home to extremely popular recreation areas. Camping facilities are well developed in many of them and often include the full hookups and amenities that attract expensive recreational vehicles. Ninety percent are within 50 miles of major metropolitan areas—convenient location for outdoor enthusiasts as well as opportunistic criminals..