The Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit firearms in Acadia National Park.

State Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, is the lead sponsor of the legislation, LD 1737, “An Act to Clarify Safety Requirements in Acadia National Park.” Co-sponsors in the House include Maine House Speaker Hannah Pingree, D-North Haven; and Reps. Elspeth Flemings, D-Bar Harbor; Robert Eaton, D-Sullivan; and Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland.

The Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing last week. The committee is scheduled to hold a work session on the proposal on Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. in Room 436 of the State House in Augusta.

The bill references a federal law — the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 — that allows states to set policy regarding the possession of firearms in U.S. national parks located within their borders.

“This bill promotes public safety and the preservation of wildlife and maintains consistency with the state’s laws governing the possession of firearms in state parks by prohibiting, subject to certain exceptions, the possession of firearms in all units of the United States National Park System within the state,” the summary of the bill states.

The park’s Web site states that firearms are allowed if the owner follows federal laws. Certain buildings and facilities within the park do not allow firearms, however, and those are clearly marked, according to the Web site.

Mazurek said he agreed to co-sponsor the bill at the request of the other sponsors. He said the issue is one of safety, since there are so many people who use the park during the summer and fall.

Hunting is already prohibited in the park.

Acadia is located largely on Mount Desert Island, but extends to part of the Schoodic Peninsula and the island of Isle au Haut, which is in Knox County.