They have no authority

This is in response to the guest column March 7 by William Hardwood and Larry Gilbert. Those two writers need some basic understanding of our laws and Constitution.

Title 25, regarding firearms, is quite clear and I was astonished to see a mayor of one of Maine’s largest cities, of all people, ignore such a clear and defining statute. The statute, in short, reads: "Regulation restricted. Except as provided in subsection 3, no political subdivision of the State, including, but not limited to, municipalities, counties, townships and village corporations, may adopt any order, ordinance, rule or regulation concerning the sale, purchase, purchase delay, transfer, ownership, use, possession, bearing, transportation, licensing, permitting, registration, taxation or any other matter pertaining to firearms, components, ammunition or supplies."

How can the Bureau of Parks and Lands justify banning concealed firearm permit holders from carrying firearms in state parks from May 1-Sept. 30? They have no authority and the Legislature does not have the authority to grant such powers.

The same argument should apply to Acadia National Park. Since when can a constitutional right be suspended for five months of a calendar year? Do they remember the two women massacred on the Appalachian Trail? I was attacked by a rabid fox that I quickly dispatched with my .32 Beretta Tomcat.

Article I Section 16 of the Maine Constitution reads: "Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned." Even a fifth-grader can interpret that.

Paul J. Mattson Harrison

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PAUL MATTSON's picture


the two women massacred on the Appalachian Trail

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List, please.

I wonder if anyone can supply a list of crimes committed on Acadia during the last five years (assault - both human and animal, rape, murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, etc.) that would require the use of deadly force for defense or supply a reason why every single inch of this state requires the use of a firearm. And don't give me that "I have a right..." bull crap. Doesn't cut it. You want to shoot something because you have a right?  Go to New Hampshire where they live free or die.

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According to US Law...

US Code,  TITLE 10,  Subtitle A,  PART I,  CHAPTER 13, § 311 (as of Jan 5, 2009)
§ 311. Militia: composition and classes
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.


So, if you are between 17 and 45, you are a member of the "unorganized" militia.

But regardless, the right protected by the 2nd Amendment is the "right of The People" to keep and bear arms, not the "right of the militia" or the "right of the States."  It is an idividual right, just like the other rights in the Bill of Rights.

John Chick
Monmouth, ME

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

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Riddle me this:

""Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned." Even a fifth-grader can interpret that." Including felons? Aren't felons citizens? You mean that right is not absolute? When will you graduate fifth grade? Also, what does political subdivision of the State mean? Doesn't mean the State itself.

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Chief of Police... most often a political appointee, which is why police chiefs usually go with whichever way the political wind is blowing. I've also noticed that most rank and file police officers and sherifs have no problem with our right to keep and bear arms. In some cases, they even encourage it.

RONALD RIML's picture

And in some cases, we don't

And in some cases, we don't encourage it.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Also a U.S. Marshall for a

Also a U.S. Marshall for a spell.

RONALD RIML's picture

Steve writes:  "This is just

Steve writes:  "This is just one more example of the "progressive", "liberal" agenda.  (Note that those terms are oxymorons since the proponents are anything BUT liberal and progressive)"

Hey Hambone - Those are YOUR Talk-Show Buzzwords......

Not ours.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Did you not read the letter,

Did you not read the letter, T? The fox was rabid and attacked him.. What would you have done with the fox? Kiss it on the mouth and take it home for a house pet? You're not that numb, T...Why do you persist in acting that way?

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Don't feed the trolls...

Arrrg, even the parrot knows you shouldn't feed the trolls, Pirate.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

AARRGGHH!!!...we call 'em

AARRGGHH!!!...we call 'em "chum". Come to think of it, if the parrot continues some of his antics, he's apt to become "chum". (Oh, man, you should hear him screeching over that one). Your point is well taken, though, John.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That Fox is alive and well,

That Fox is alive and well, ain't it?


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