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Can you open carry on Skyline Drive?

hometheaterman

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As the title says can you open carry on Skyline drive? Well, mostly carry it openly in the vehicle? I know someone told me that you weren't supposed to on the Blue Ridge Parkway but I wasn't sure if this was true or not.
 

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Looks to me like they are trying to wait until after the new Prez and his henchmen are installed before making a decision.

Yata hey
 

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I have always wondered about this question. It seems to me, and this is a long shot, that even though the road goes through a national park, the road itself is not a "national park' since it is maintained and funded by the VA Dept of Transportation and paid for by VA tax payers. Sure you couldn't step out of the car but I would think it would be like driving through a state that doesn't honor VA permits. You are allowed to drive through them just not stop.
 

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OBXFunn wrote:
I have always wondered about this question. It seems to me, and this is a long shot, that even though the road goes through a national park, the road itself is not a "national park' since it is maintained and funded by the VA Dept of Transportation and paid for by VA tax payers. Sure you couldn't step out of the car but I would think it would be like driving through a state that doesn't honor VA permits. You are allowed to drive through them just not stop.



http://www.vawd.uscourts.gov/opinions/urbanski/mo.708po024gettier.pdf

"A driver who had two loaded firearms in his vehicle, which was pulled after defendant failed to completely stop at a stop sign, cannot avoid conviction for having a loaded weapon in a vehicle on the Blue Ridge Parkway by claiming there was no posted notice that such possession was illegal, a Roanoke U.S. District judge says."


"Defendant argues the Blue Ridge Parkway is, in one respect, a road much like other roads in Virginia, bearing traffic which many travelers user as a highway between, for example, U.S. Routes 460 and 220 in the Roanoke area. But the Blue Ridge Parkway is not just a highway. While the parkway is in one sense a road, it is also a national park dotted with hiking trails, scenic overlooks, campgrounds and other attractions used by countless visitors. As such, the parkway is subject to federal law and regulation just as any other national park. To protect the safety of park visitors, the Department of the Interior has issued regulations concerning weapons, traps and nets in national parks. Lofton controls this case and compels denial of defendant’s motion for judgment of acquittal.

Defendant is convicted under 36 C.F.R. §§ 2.4(b) and 4.12"
 

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OBXFunn wrote:
....the road itself is not a "national park' since it is maintained and funded by the VA Dept of Transportation and paid for by VA tax payers. ....
Not true, but I like the way you think. VDOT does not maintain Skyline Drive, and the state did not pay to build the road.
 

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Skyline Drive, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, are maintained by the National Park Service.Patching and repair work areaccomplished through the use of private contractors. During a snow and ice event in the winter months,they simply close the parkway. They do not plow, scrape, or spread salts.
 
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