Wednesday, May 08, 2013 2:25 pm
Senate rejects firearms on more federal lands
The Associated Press
The vote for the proposal by Sen. Tom Coburn was 56-43 for the legislation, but that fell short of the 60 votes needed.
The measure would have let people carry guns onto Corps property for any legal purpose. They currently can only be used there for activities like hunting or target shooting.
The agency oversees nearly 12 million acres containing dams, lakes and trails used for recreation by 370 million visitors annually.
The Oklahoma Republican said the right to bear arms should be the same on Corps property as it already is in national parks. Opponents said the weapons could threaten critical facilities like dams and flood control projects.
The Senate killed an effort last month expanding background checks for more gun buyers.