- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 18, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will not appeal a federal court ruling that prohibits carrying loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Instead, the Interior Department says it will conduct a full environmental review of an earlier policy that allowed concealed, loaded guns in parks and refuges.

A federal judge struck down the gun policy last month. The judge said the policy, issued in the waning days of the Bush administration, was severely flawed and that officials failed to evaluate the possible environmental impacts of the rule change. The judge set an April 20 deadline for the Interior Department to indicate its likely response to her ruling.

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