Changes to USACE Regulation Could Allow Guns on Canyon Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which sets the rules for Canyon Lake parks and boat ramps, is seeking public comments on a revision to its regulations that would allow recreationalists to carry guns on lands and properties in manages.
The proposed revision would bring the Corps into alignment with state and local laws authorizing the possession of firearms by individuals.
Comal County leases its boat ramps from USACE, so any changes to regulations the USACE approves would apply to its boat ramps, Comal County’s Public Information Paul Anthony said.
“We do not have any additional rules, beyong existing state rules, regarding firearms at county-owned parks,” he said.
Texas gun laws do not regulate the possession of firearms so any person, no matter what age, can possess a firearm as long as they are not a felon. To purchase a handgun a person must be at least 21 years old if buying from a federally licensed dealer. Licences to carry are issued to both residents and non-residents with a 4-6 hour training course required. Open carry is legal provided the handgun is in a shoulder or belt holster, according to gunstocarry.com. Texas has no laws regarding the carrying of long guns (rifles or shotguns) in motor vehicles.
How to Comment
Comments to USACE may be submitted one of the following ways on or before June 12, 2020:
- The Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. The docket number is COE-2018-0008. Instructions for submitting comments are provided on the portal.
- E-mail: Firearms@usace.army.mil. Include the docket number, COE-2018-0008, in the subject line of the message.
- Mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW-CO-N, Steve Austin, 3F68, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314-1000