State Gun Laws for Maine

Maine State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

Maine Gun Laws

Maine Gun Laws

Permit to Purchase
Firearm Registration
Licensing of Owners
Permit to Carry
Legal Liabilities
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
Immunity from civil liability
Notable provisions of self-defense law in Maine

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Maine

The law allows a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Maine without a permit. This law also authorizes a person to possess a loaded pistol or revolver while in a motor vehicle, trailer or other vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle

The following information and links are being posted as the State still has the links active to the state website, and there is the complete law posted for public review. 

All CCW’s are administrated by the Department of Public Safety, Maine State Police Special Investigations.

Issuing authorities are: The Mayor and municipal officers or councilors of a city, the municipal officers or councilors of a town or the assessors of a plantation or, if they so choose, their full-time Chief of Police as their designee; or The Chief of the State Police as the designee of the municipal officers. To a resident of an unorganized territory:  The Chief of the State Police.

State Website CLICK HERE:

CCW Applications:

Concealed Handguns Booklet (PDF)

In-State Concealed Handguns Permit Application (PDF)

Non-Resident Concealed Handguns Permit Application (PDF)

No permit is necessary to carry openly while in this state, or to carry a concealed handgun if the person is at least 21 years old, or between 18 and 21 and on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard or is an honorably discharged veteran, and is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm. 

Defender Plan: The Best Protection For Those With A Valid Concealed Carry Permit

State Gun Laws Maine ME

Maine Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States

State gun laws vary significantly from in Maine to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including Maine have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.

Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of Maine know ALL of the State Gun Laws!

As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.

In Maine As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws

The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.

Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of Maine are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in Maine especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and Maine may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.

If You Travel From Maine With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!

Keep in mind that although your Maine permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.

Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any Maine state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!

It should be noted that Maine state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.

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