Maine forest rangers allowed to carry guns
AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Maine forest rangers will now be allowed to carry guns.
The state legislature overturned a veto from Governor Paul LePage.
Those in favor of the new state law say it will help the rangers in more rural areas of the state to defend themselves against criminals and unexpected encounters with wildlife.
"Not that they wanted to shoot them, but they did feel if they'd had a hand gun in that situation, they'd have felt a lot safer,” Senator Jim Dill (D), Old Town, said.
Those against the law say arming rangers will change the focus of the Maine Forest Service, making them more like law enforcement officials.
The law will take effect 90 days after the end of the special legislative session, but it could take months to train and actually arm forest rangers.