BROWNVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Police officers and game wardens carry guns in Maine. Now the question is should forest rangers be allowed to as well.
A bill being considered in Augusta would lift long-standing restrictions on rangers having firearms while on duty. Some officials with the Maine Forest Service say they would feel safer if they were armed while patrolling the woods.
Gary Cook is one ranger whose been working in Maine for decades. He says he's responded to some situations in the woods that were hair raising. In one case he says a suspect pulled a gun on him and a state trooper.
"There's only two groups of people in Maine that can't possess a firearm by law...and that's felons and forest rangers. To me that's unacceptable," he said.
If passed into law LD 297 would allow rangers to carry guns. It would also mandate that they go through training on how to use them.