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    Attention Maine residents - please post this link to as many Maine blogs as you can asap - also, call your state representative and senator and make sure she knows to vote AGAINST LD 1737.

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    http://www.ammoland.com/2010/02/16/o...-gun-ban-redux

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    Opencarry.Org Urges The Maine Legislature To Reject National Park Gun Ban Redux
    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 at 7:16 pm
    Tags: Anti Gun BillsAnti Gun PoliticiansGun PoliticsMaineNational Parks ServiceOpen CarryOpenCarry.org



    Opencarry.Org Urges Maine Legislature To Reject National Park Gun Ban Redux
    Gun carry has been legal in Maine’s White Mountain National Forest for years.


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    Maine - -(AmmoLand.com)- OpenCarry.org urges the Maine legislature to reject LD 1737, a misguided effort to ban the same citizen gun carry in National Parks that’s currently legal on the streets and sidewalks of every village and city in Maine, from Roque Bluffs to Augusta.

    Ironically, LD 1737 singles out National Parks in Maine for this gun ban, but not White Mountain National Forest where gun carry has been legal under federal and Maine law as far back as anyone can remember.

    Why can citizens in Maine be trusted to carry guns in cities, towns, and National Forests – but not National Parks?


    Is there something in the water at National Parks that we should know about?
    Congress finally did the right thing and ordered those pointy headed National Park bureaucrats to respect state gun carry rights, a proven rule long followed in all National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands.

    Maine’s legislature should now stand tall and reject LT 1737. After all, it’s not like there’s a National Park exception to Article I, Section 16 of Maine’s constitution which declares:


    “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”
    AmmoLand.com[/b] – The Shooting Sports News source.

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    anybody know the status of this bill right now?

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    From whence did the state of Maine derive the authority to regulate federal property? I am not saying they cannot (or can) but there has to be more going on beneath the surface.

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    Ok - found Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, 123 Stat. 1764-65 § 512.

    Sure sounds like it has to do with firearms and national parks, doesn't it? Anyway after reading this, it sounds like the Maine legislature is trying to turn the federal statute on its head.



    Text of Section 512, P.L. 111-24, Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, 123 Stat. 1764-65 § 512

    SEC. 512. PROTECTING AMERICANS FROM VIOLENT CRIME.

    (a) Congressional Findings- Congress finds the following:



    (1) The Second Amendment to the Constitution provides that `the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed'.

    (2) Section 2.4(a)(1) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, provides that `except as otherwise provided in this section and parts 7 (special regulations) and 13 (Alaska regulations), the following are prohibited: (i) Possessing a weapon, trap or net (ii) Carrying a weapon, trap or net (iii) Using a weapon, trap or net'.

    (3) Section 27.42 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, provides that, except in special circumstances, citizens of the United States may not `possess, use, or transport firearms on national wildlife refuges' of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

    (4) The regulations described in paragraphs (2) and (3) prevent individuals complying with Federal and State laws from exercising the second amendment rights of the individuals while at units of--

    (A) the National Park System; and

    (B) the National Wildlife Refuge System.

    (5) The existence of different laws relating to the transportation and possession of firearms at different units of the National Park System and the National Wildlife Refuge System entrapped law-abiding gun owners while at units of the National Park System and the National Wildlife Refuge System.

    (6) Although the Bush administration issued new regulations relating to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens in units of the National Park System and National Wildlife Refuge System that went into effect on January 9, 2009--

    (A) on March 19, 2009, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a preliminary injunction with respect to the implementation and enforcement of the new regulations; and

    (B) the new regulations--

    (i) are under review by the administration; and

    (ii) may be altered.

    (7) Congress needs to weigh in on the new regulations to ensure that unelected bureaucrats and judges cannot again override the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens on 83,600,000 acres of National Park System land and 90,790,000 acres of land under the jurisdiction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

    (8) The Federal laws should make it clear that the second amendment rights of an individual at a unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System should not be infringed.

    (b) Protecting the Right of Individuals To Bear arms in Units of the National Park System and the National Wildlife Refuge System- The Secretary of the Interior shall not promulgate or enforce any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm including an assembled or functional firearm in any unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System if--

    (1) the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm; and

    (2) the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the State in which the unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System is located.



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