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Delaware had enacted regulations which banned concealed carry and open carry weapons on state lands under the jurisdiction of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Many of the major points of those regulations were struck down last December by the state’s Supreme Court.

DNREC is currently holding public hearings on the new regulations that would allow for concealed and open carry firearms in the majority of the state-controlled land with only a few exceptions. Such a regulation is the virtual opposite than the previous regulation and it drawing the ire of many anti-gun Democrats.

(Cape Gazette) – A public form in Dover March 12 gave the community an opportunity to contribute public comments for the official record to Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Agriculture regarding the proposed firearm regulations in Delaware state parks, wildlife areas and state forests.

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The hearing attracted many citizens, some representing organizations, clubs and foundations, to make comments to Hearing Officer Lisa Vest to be entered into the official record. The deadline for public comment ends March 27. Community members were encouraged to voice their concerns or opinions in front of a packed audience and DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin, Ag Secretary Michael Scuse, and others.

Some of the major points of this new proposal, based on the Delaware Supreme Court ruling Dec. 7, 2017, which invalidated portions of previous existing regulations governing and supporting the possession of firearms in state lands operated by DNREC and the Ag Department, such as parks, forests, and wildlife areas, were reiterated.

The proposal is almost a complete change from previous regulations, now allowing for open and concealed permit owners to carry firearms within these state lands which were formerly banned completely…

There are 17 state parks covering 26,000 acres along with about 160 miles of trails. Most of the state parks are located in the very northern part of the state. Despite its small size, there are areas of the state where residents can hunt deer, rabbits, racoons, possums, squirrels, quail, ducks and geese.

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