PARKS -- A 3-year-old girl camping with her family in Yellowstone National Park died after shooting herself with a handgun on Saturday, the first gun-related death in park since 1978, according to the Associated Press.
The shooting, reported by the Casper Star Tribune, occurred four years after Congress approved the possession of handguns in National Parks and federal wildlife areas. The law, which was attached as an amendment to a credit card bill, allows concealed and loaded weapons in parks provided they are allowed by state law.
- Report: Assaults increase on rangers, park police, June 16, 2013
- New rule eases ban on guns in parks, Dec. 6, 2008
- Park chiefs favor keeping gun curbs, April 5, 2008