WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Betty McCollum forcefully denounced Wednesday a House-approved amendment that would allow individuals to carry concealed guns in national parks. The House passed the amendment 279 to 147.
Minnesota Democratic Reps. Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and Jim Oberstar joined Republican Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen in supporting the measure. Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison joined McCollum in voting against it.
The amendment, offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., was attached to the Senate-passed credit-card reform bill.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, along with 66 other senators, supported its inclusion.
“Senator Coburn’s amendment to allow people to carry loaded, concealed firearms in America’s National Park System is nothing short of insane,” McCollum, a Democrat, said in a statement for the Congressional Record.
“This is a shameful example of the failure of the legislative process and I would urge President Obama to veto the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights and send it back to Congress to take the guns out,” McCollum said. “What rationale is there for the need to carry a concealed weapon on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial? The only rationale can be for politicians to score political points with the NRA. Our national parks are treasures. They don’t need to be protected by random people carrying loaded, concealed weapons around millions of vacationing families.”
Earlier in the day, the administration indicated that Obama would sign the legislation even if the Coburn amendment were included.