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Maine Gun Laws

Maine has very permissive gun laws. The Maine state constitution specifies that the right to keep and bear arms “shall never be questioned.” The state of Maine does not require any kind of firearms registration or licensing, and it also does not enforce Universal Background Checks. A permit is not required for concealed carry in Maine. There are also very few hardware restrictions. Compared to most states in the Northeast region, Maine is a very gun-friendly state.

Maine Gun Laws at a Glance

Concealed Carry Premit Required No
Open Carry Premitted Yes
Waiting period before purchasing No
Lost and Stolen Firearm Reporting No
Firearms License Required for Purchasing No
Universal Background Check No
Firearm Registration No
Large Capacity Magazine Ban No

Firearm License Requirements

Maine does not require gun owners to obtain any kind of license.

Background Checks

Maine does not require firearms dealers to initiate background checks prior to transferring a firearm. However, federal law does require licensed firearms dealers to conduct background checks on all transferees. In Maine, licensed dealers must initiate this background check by directly contacting the FBI.

Background checks are not required when buying from unlicensed dealers.

Gun Shows

In Maine, a sign stating the following must be placed at all entrances to gun shows:


Hardware and Ammunition Restrictions

Hardware Restrictions
Assault Weapons No restrictions..
50 Caliber Rifles No restrictions.
Machine Guns Prohibited
Large Capacity Magazines No restrictions.
Ammunition Maine prohibits all armor-piercing ammunition.

Prohibited Persons

Maine law states that a person may not possess a firearm if he or she has been convicted of committing a crime (or acquitted by reason of sanity) under:

  • Any law of Maine that is punishable by imprisonment for one year or more
  • A federal law that is punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, excluding misdemeanors in the state that carry a penalty of imprisonment for two years or less
  • A law of any other state that is substantially similar to a crime in Maine that is punishable by a term of imprisonment for one year or more
  • A law in which the prosecution was required to prove that the crime was committed with a dangerous weapon

  • A person may not possess a firearm if that person engaged in any activities as a juvenile that would disqualify him or her from owning a firearm, if those activities were conducted as an adult.


Maine also prohibits possession of a firearm by anyone who has been:

  • Committed involuntarily to a hospital due to presenting a likelihood of serious harm
  • Found not guilty by reason of insanity for a criminal charge
  • Found not competent to stand trial for a criminal charge

Further, Maine incorporates federal guidelines for those who may not own a firearm into its own laws. These guidelines include anyone who is:

  • A fugitive
  • An unlawful user of any controlled substance
  • Addicted to any controlled substance
  • An illegal alien or is present in the US under a nonimmigrant visa
  • The recipient of a dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces
  • A former US citizen who has renounced his or her citizenship

Prohibited Places

Location Restrictions Exceptions
Schools Firearms are prohibited on school grounds and school property. None.
Vehicles Any person 21 years or older who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm may have a loaded handgun in the vehicle. None.

Concealed Carry Laws

Notify Officer Yes
“No Gun” Signs Enforced
In-Vehicle Carry Yes
Restaurant Carry Yes
State Park Carry Yes
While Hunting Yes

Obtaining a Concealed Carry License

If you are over 21 and you are not prohibited from owning a firearm in Maine, you may carry a concealed handgun with no permit. However, Maine’s concealed carry permit issuing system remains in place.

Requirements for a Concealed Carry License
The applicant will be granted a permit if he or she is of good moral character and:
  • Is over 18 years of age
  • Is not disqualified from possessing a firearm
  • Completes a detailed application that includes any record of previous issuances or refusals to issue a concealed carry permit by any authority. The application must also request that the applicant answers questions relating to certain age restrictions, pending felony charges, felony convictions, other violent crimes or juvenile or other offenses, mental disorders, and drug use.
  • Takes the action required by law to allow the issuing authority to obtain any relevant information
  • Demonstrates knowledge of handgun safety

Concealed Carry Firearms Training

To obtain a Maine concealed carry permit, the applicant must complete a handgun safety course offered by or under the supervision of a law enforcement agency or a state-approved firearms instructor.

Alternatively, the applicant may personally demonstrate knowledge of handgun safety to an issuing authority. The issuing authority is not required to provide this option.

Concealed Carry Location Restrictions

Even with a valid concealed carry license, you may not carry concealed firearms at the following locations:

  • Schools
  • Courthouses
  • The State Capitol
  • Establishments licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor
  • Any hotel, lodging house, or campground where the owner reasonably believes a person is bringing in property that may be dangerous to other persons, such as firearms or explosives
  • Wildlife sanctuaries
  • Labor disputes and strikes
  • Baxter State Park
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is not to be construed as legal advice or acted upon as if it is legal advice: it is provided for informational and entertainment purposes only. While we strive to provide accurate, up-to-date content, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of the information. Gun laws can change frequently, especially at the state and local levels. Application of gun laws can be unique to an individual’s situation. We recommend that each individual consult with a competent and qualified legal professional before purchasing, transporting, or using any firearm or firearm-related product.