Corps reminds visitors of weapon regulations governing USACE lakes

Published Dec. 30, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to remind visitors to area Corps lakes of the current federal regulations in place regarding weapons.

Title 36 to the Code of Federal Regulations (Section 327.13, Explosives, firearms, other weapons and fireworks) states “The possession of loaded firearms, ammunition, loaded projectile firing devices, bows and arrows, crossbows, or other weapons is prohibited.” 

There are exceptions to this regulation which include possession of a firearm by law enforcement officers, and by hunters and fishermen participating in programs managed through local lake offices. 

The new state of Texas open carry law set to take effect on January 1, 2016, does not change the status of the above-mentioned federal regulations.  State law authorizing licensed concealed and open carry of firearms does not apply to Corps offices, campgrounds, day use areas, wildlife/hunting areas, or any area managed by the Corps. 

For more information on Title 36 regulations, please visit our website at

For information on “Does the law prohibit the licensed carry of a handgun in a public park?” visit   


About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Facebook at:  Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308.
Randy Cephus
819 Taylor St., Fort Worth, TX 76102

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