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    Grandmaster Leadeye's Avatar

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    Applachain trail

    Any rules about carrying firearms on the Applachain trail? Keep hearing about some crazed hillbilly with a knife killing a hiker. I won't be hiking it but unless it's some sort of gun free zone it sounds like people might start carrying.
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    Could always buy a hunting license and be hunting for whatever small game is in season. No seasons on pigeon in most states....

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    Kind of a big deal Wolfhound's Avatar

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    Found this:

    New Firearm Regulations for the National Park Service
    As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms on portions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
    This applies to:

    This only applies to lands owned by the U.S. Government and managed by the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Park Office. This includes 428 miles of trail, 25 % of the trail’s length in 9 of the 14 trail states.
    This does not apply to:
    This does not apply to the Appalachian Trail located on lands owned and managed by the more than 90 other federal, state and local agencies. This includes 1747 miles of trail, 80 % of the trails length across all 14 states. Rules and regulations on these lands are determined by the individual agencies.
    Please note:

    The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a unit of the national park system, is administered by the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Park Office. The Appalachian Trail spans 2,179 miles across lands administered by 6 other national parks, 8 National Forests, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, and 75 other federal, state, and local agencies. Each one of these agencies has their own rules and regulations which contributes to the complexity of legally carrying a firearm on the Appalachian Trail.
    It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before visiting the Appalachian Trail.
    What has not changed:

    • The use of weapons are still prohibited on Appalachian Trail National Park Service lands


    • Hunting is still prohibited on Appalachian Trail National Park Service lands


    • Firearms are still prohibited inside National Park Service federal facilities
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    Marksman

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    concealed-weapons-on-the-appalachian-trail
    Well here's a start, but not a great one.
    The AT is about 40% NPS land which along with the fact that it covers at least 14 states makes it pretty complicated.
    I have absolutely zero desire to do the AT because it's crowded, sleep in designated areas only (huts), and it's east. Never go east.

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    When we've done parts of the trail, I have CC'd (in my pack). OC scares the sheeple, and it's no one else's business. Harder to get to in an emergency, but at least I have it. Don't like the extra weight, though.
    Did see several OC on the North Country Trail in Michigan.
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    While parts of the trail may be legal you are going through a number of anti-gun eastern states with restrictive/prohibitive carry laws. As soon as you step off (a legal portion) the trail to go into a town for resupply you may be violating any number of state or local laws. Add to that a mix of other hikers who would not hesitate to report you if they found out you had an inanimate object they fear (gun).

    If you plan to carry on the AT do a lot of legal research and conceal really well.

    The consensus about this recent machete attack on hiking forums is call the authorities and wait a few hours for them to arrive.
    When seconds matter the 2nd Amendment matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KittySlayer View Post
    ...The consensus about this recent machete attack on hiking forums is call the authorities and wait a few hours for them to arrive.
    In other words, dial 911 and die. Nice plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosermann View Post
    In other words, dial 911 and die. Nice plan.
    Well many sections of the trail lack cell coverage which makes their plans even more fraught with error.

    Their Hope = trained police officers with guns to save them from bad people.

    The Reality = trained coroner with a body bag.
    When seconds matter the 2nd Amendment matters.

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    Marksman

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditcherman View Post
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    and it's east. Never go east.
    I love it - that's what I tell my wife when she wants to go out east. I prefer the southwest. It's hard to beat Great Smoky Mountain NP for a reasonable drive time to real mountains. When I backpack there, including the Appalachian trail, I've had a gun and bear spray. Both were for bears - it's true that people problems are very rare in the park backcountry, whereas campsites are repeatedly closed for bear issues there. But even where guns are prohibited, a can of bear spray would put the hurt on Mr. Machete.

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    I would view the Trail the same as a trip to Europe: find another form of self defense. Although in this case, weight is paramount.


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