AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An amended bill to regulate guns in Acadia National Park has been sent to Gov. John Baldacci for his signature, but not everyone is happy with the version on his desk.
Sen. Dennis Damon’s original bill would have outlawed guns in Acadia. The Trenton Democrat’s bill came up after a federal law took effect in February allowing owners to take firearms into national parks — provided state law doesn’t say otherwise.
The final version allows those with concealed weapons permits to bring guns into Maine’s Acadia park.
Damon said Friday the bill allowing concealed weapons makes the park a more dangerous rather than safer place.
Cathie Whittemore of the National Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence calls the bill “a radical expansion of guns into national parks in Maine.”