WA congressman says he'll block efforts to lift gun ban
Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., says he's prepared to block any effort by the Bush administration to lift the current ban on carrying loaded weapons in national parks.
Dicks is chairman of the House Appropriations interior subcommittee and oversees the National Parks Service's annual budget. Thus, he's in a position to prevent the administration from dropping the ban.
The dispute already has interrupted consideration of a public lands bill in the Senate. the measure includes creation of the 100,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness area north of Seattle.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com
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