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Northwest lawmakers back guns in national parks

WASHINGTON. - Northwest lawmakers sided with the majority as Congress voted to allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Eleven House members from five Northwest states voted in favor of the gun measure Wednesday, while just seven opposed it. Among those voting for the bill were Democratic Reps. Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, as well as Reps. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Walt Minnick, D-Idaho.

All other Democrats from the Northwest opposed it. All seven GOP House members from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana supported the bill, which restores a Bush administration policy allowing loaded guns in national parks.

The measure was attached to a bill imposing restrictions on credit card companies. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it.

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