I have no problem at all with the new law. Guns have been carried in the Smokies for many years illegally anyway by "law-abiding citizens" and the criminal element. I spoke to a friend of mine who is a NPS Ranger in the Smokies recently regarding the issue, and he told me that one of his main concerns was that he felt like some people who had close encounters with bear and boar may be more prone to shoot the bear or boar as opposed to other options. Also he thought that poachers who were able to obtain a permit would have an advantage now for the simple fact that they could now carry a gun in the park "legally". I will be carrying one in the backcountry.
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