Now, this was a National Forest, not a National Park, so the restrictions on firearms have always been less strict, but what are the practical differences between this National Forest and Yellowstone National Park? What justification is there for restricting firearms in one but not the other? They’re both large forested areas with vast, infrequently patrolled areas, that are open to the public. They both have camping areas. They both have wild animals.
And they both occasionally have criminals.
What’s the difference? The difference is just one word in the name. Nothing that justifies the different treatment of firearms.
Welch, who is McCluskey’s fiancee and cousin, reached for a weapon but dropped it when she realized she was outgunned by a swarming SWAT team, said David Gonzales, U.S. marshal for Arizona.
Officers apprehended McCluskey without incident after finding him lying in a sleeping bag outside a tent. He told authorities he had a gun in his tent and would have shot them if he had been able to reach for it.
McCluskey told officers he wishes he would have shot the forest ranger when he had the opportunity, authorities said.
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