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Will They Be Armed? Maine’s Public Safety Commissioner Works on Report for Governor

They're asked to enforce the natural resources laws in Maine, as are the Marine Patrol and Game Wardens, the only difference is they're asked to do so today without the protection of a firearm.

A task force has been working for months to determine if Maine's Forest Rangers face danger on the job, that would justify the state going to the expense to equip and train them with guns.

The task force has completed its work and now it's up to the Commissioner of Public Safety to compile a report for Governor Paul LePage by December, based on their findings and opinions.

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Proponents of an effort to equip and train Maine's Forest Rangers with sidearms display their message at public hearings in Augusta earlier this year. Photo -Susan Patten/ Townsquare Media
Proponents of an effort to equip and train Maine's Forest Rangers with sidearms display their message at public hearings in Augusta earlier this year. Photo -Susan Patten/ Townsquare Media

Many People in Maine Believe Forest Rangers Should Be Armed. But Are They Really in Danger?

Maine’s Wardens, Marine Patrol officers, and Forest Rangers are under review by a task force in Augusta.

The task force was formed by Executive Order by Governor Paul LePage back in May after the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice heard a great deal of public testimony surrounding the proposal to train our state’s forest rangers and equip them with firearms.

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