Guns Barred in Acadia National Park

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — As of July 12, guns are no longer allowed in Acadia.


In April, the Maine Legislature approved legislation, which the governor signed, that overrode a federal law that went into effect on Feb. 22 allowing individuals to take firearms including concealed weapons into national parks and wildlife refugees. The Maine legislation does allow retired police officers and those with concealed weapons permits to take guns into Acadia.

Two factors permitted the state to overturn the federal regulations: The language in the federal legislation specified that allowing individuals to bring take guns into national parks would not only protect visitors from attack but also bring regulations in federal areas into compliance with state laws. Second, Maine applies restrictions on firearms in many state parks. Firearms are not permitted in most state parks between May 1 and Sept. 30, and there are some family-oriented state parks where firearms are not permitted at any time. Maine law also treats Baxter State Park differently. Since the park is considered a preserve, no firearms are allowed in most parts of the park; however, there is a section that is open to hunting.

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