Utah's national parks may soon allow firearms Conservations groups oppose the measure, fearing that it may lead to more poaching Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune
Visitors to Utah's national parks may soon be able to carry loaded firearms, despite the concerns of conservation groups that armed tourists could lead to more poaching. Under pressure from gun rights groups and about half of the U.S. Senate, the Interior Department has agreed to rewrite its regulations to comply with state laws. Utah, like much of the West, allows guns in state parks. So the change would make it legal for those traveling through Arches or Zions to take along a loaded gun. The current regulations require visitors to keep their guns unloaded and stowed.