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Bill to Arm Maine’s Forest Rangers Moves Forward

Officers in every other branch of natural resources law enforcement in Maine are trained annually and armed.

They carry to protect themselves, and others as they go about enforcing Maine's laws.

Forest Rangers enforce Maine's laws too, and even though their jurisdiction is the state's timberland, they're often investigating serious crimes such as theft and arson.

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Walking in the woods    Matt Cardy

Bill to Arm Forest Rangers Not Supported in Committee

A bill to allow Maine forest rangers to carry guns has stalled and may be carried over for consideration next year. Nearly 20 forest rangers testified in favor of the bill last month.

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Yes, that is me, hanging out with Stephen King, back in the day, at a party at his Bangor, Maine home. Gosh, how much younger we both looked.
Yes, that is me, hanging out with Stephen King, back in the day, at a party at his Bangor, Maine home. Gosh, how much younger we both looked.

Gun Violence is Addressed by Stephen King

I love Stephen King. Not so much for his writings (I will address my issues on his books later in this note), but for who he is. He is a man of great personal success and a man who has shown he still has a heart, is grounded, compassionate and gees, kinda reasonable.  Today I apply those descriptions of Mr. King on the issue of gun control.

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Chaloner Woods,  Getty Images
Chaloner Woods, Getty Images

A Proposal for Sabattus Homes to Bear Arms [Updated]

Bear arms, not armed bears.  Sorry, had to go there. A Sabattus man feels there ought to be a law which mandates every Sabattus head of household to own a gun. This is not the first time this idea has been floated. A town outside of Atlanta, Georgia did this years ago and it apparently worked

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Joe Raedle,Getty Images
Joe Raedle,Getty Images

Gov. Paul LePage + Lawmakers Work Quickly to Protect Names of Concealed Weapons Permit Holders

Gov. Paul LePage has signed off on the emergency legislation to temporarily keep confidential the names of Mainers with a permit to carry concealed guns. The lawmakers moved quickly to pass the emergency legislation and the governor signed it right away.

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George Frey, Getty Images
George Frey, Getty Images

Maine Bill Would Allow School Employees to Carry Weapons

A proposed bill would allow teachers and other school employees to carry concealed firearms in school. As you might guess, the bill raised questions among legislative leaders. First of all it would not be mandatory.

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YouTube

How NOT to Make an Electric Gun

There's no need to offer a "Don't try this at home" warning — by the time you've watched this guy accidentally shock, burn, and shoot himself, you're unlikely to follow in his footsteps.

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Joe Raedle,Getty Images
Joe Raedle,Getty Images

Maine Lawmakers Learn More about Guns + Mental Health Issues

This would have been very interesting to attend. It was an informational meeting with law enforcement and lawmakers on gun violence. The take away message for those who attended was that in order find the solutions, we need to dig deeper into the mental health issues not just the kinds of weapons used.

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Obama And Biden Unveil Proposal To Decrease Gun Violence In U.S.
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President Calls for Assault-Weapon Ban, Stronger Background Checks

Wednesday afternoon, President Obama proposed numerous measures in response to a string of recent mass shootings across the country, including one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were murdered by a gunman.

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Norwich, N.Y., Gun Shop Posts Sign Banning Obama Supporters (UPDATED)

Update: We interviewed the store's owner. His comments appear below.

Heading Due North, a gun and sporting-goods store in Norwich, New York, posted two photos to its Facebook page of signs in front of the store criticizing anyone who voted for President Barack Obama or New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The store is owned and operated by David Francis, who also signed a letter posted on the storefront window.

The sidewalk sign reads: "IF YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA OR CUOMO U ARE NOT WELCOME HERE."

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