To protect the right of individuals to bear arms at water resources development projects administered by the Secretary of the Army, and for other purposes. Read More


This bill was introduced on May 12, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
May 12, 2011



Bill Text


To protect the right of individuals to bear arms at water resources development projects administered by the Secretary of the Army, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act of 2011''.


(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: (1) The Second Amendment to the Constitution provides that ``the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed''. (2) Section 327.13 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, provides that, except in special circumstances, ``possession of loaded firearms, ammunition, loaded projectile firing devices, bows and arrows, crossbows, or other weapons is prohibited'' at water resources development projects administered by the Secretary of the Army. (3) The regulations described in paragraph (2) prevent individuals complying with Federal and State laws from exercising the second amendment rights of the individuals while at such water resources development projects. (4) The Federal laws should make it clear that the second amendment rights of an individual at a water resources development project should not be infringed. (b) Protecting the Right of Individuals To Bear Arms at Water Resources Development Projects.--The Secretary of the Army shall not promulgate or enforce any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm including an assembled or functional firearm at a water resources development project covered under section 327.0 of...

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In recent years, one of gun owners’ top priorities has been to remove restrictions on where law-abiding persons may legally carry a firearm for self-defense. The removal of the restriction on carry in national parks and national wildlife refuges was a major step forward in the effort to remove unneeded restrictions on the fundamental right to self-defense. However, there are still millions of acres of land owned or managed by the federal government that are still restricted. The Army Corps of Engineers in particular continues to inappropriately restrict carrying of firearms on recreational land it manages. After passage of the change in carry regulations for National Parks, the Army Corps released a statement that read: "Public Law 111-024 does not apply to Corps projects of facilities . . . It [the Army Corps] will continue to prohibit loaded concealed weapons on Corps properties regardless of the new law and notwithstanding any contrary provisions of state law." This is a significant infringement on the rights of Americans as the Corps owns or manages over 11.7 million acres of recreational land, including 400 lakes and river projects, 90,000 campsites and 4,000 miles of trails. To remedy this situation, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) have introduced H.R. 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act. H.R. 1865 will reverse the Army Corps policy and specifically prohibit the Secretary of the Army from enforcing any regulation that prohibits gun possession in compliance with state law on Corps projects and lands. The legislation would continue to allow prohibitions on firearms in federal facilities such as Army Corps headquarters, Corps research facilities or lock and dam buildings. "According to some estimates, the federal government owns 30 percent of all land across this country," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "This bill will take us one step closer toward having a consistent firearms policy across all federal lands. The members of the NRA along with tens of millions of other gun owners would like to thank Congressmen Gibbs and Altmire for their leadership in seeking a common-sense bipartisan remedy to this problem."


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I support H.R. 1865: Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act of 2011 because... it is time to stop blaming law abiding gun owners for the acts of criminals. We have the right to self defense anywhere we go and should not be disarmed by anyone. Gun Free zones invite criminals.

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Bill Summary

H.R. 1864 Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2011 H.R. 1866 Members of Congress Tax Accountability Act of 2011