My nature loving sister and I have been battling over this topic for years. I enjoy hiking with the family in the Smoky Mountains. However, I realize crossing a female and her cubs could be extremely hazardous to my and my family's health. Cherokee National Parks strictly forbid the carrying of concealed weapons in their forests. And like my tree huggin' sis, park rangers must believe throwing yourself on the ground and praying the bear doesn't eat you is actually the best thing for you and your family....I don't. Pulling out my .454 Casull and yelling "freeze Bear" would be my idea of keeping my family safe. Now, it looks as if Tenn. has passed a law enabling CCW in their state parks beginning in Sept of this year. If you listen very closely, you just may be able to hear my vegan sis weeping all the way in California!!!!