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Judge upholds ban on guns in Delaware state parks, forests

DOVER, Del. (AP) – A Delaware judge has sided with state environmental officials in a lawsuit challenging a ban on non-hunting firearms in state parks and forests.

Members of the Bridgeville Rifle & Pistol Club and the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association who have concealed-carry permits challenged the ban in a Chancery Court lawsuit last year, saying it violates their constitutional right to carry firearms.

The lawsuit was refiled in Superior Court earlier this year after the Chancery Court dismissed it for lack of jurisdiction.

On Friday, a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the state, saying the regulations do not violate Delaware’s Constitution. The judge also said state officials were not pre-empted by the General Assembly in enacting the regulations and did not exceed the scope of their authority in implementing them.

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