Maine Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Maine

Maine’s gun laws regulate the use, sale, possession, and transfer of firearms and ammunition in the state. Maine is a “Shall Issue” state for concealed carry permits and the local or state police issue them. Maine is an open carry state, and as long as you are eighteen years old and legally qualified to own a gun, you can open carry in most places except schools, state parks, courthouses, and other government-controlled buildings. Semi-Automatic weapons are legal for hunters but only with limited ammunition. Maine enforces preemption of gun laws and does not allow counties or towns to override state-mandated firearm laws. If you have a permit, employers cannot prohibit you from having one in your vehicle on their property. Gun permits take about 30 days to get approved, and they cost $35 for a new license and $20 for a renewal.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • Yes Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 25 # of states that honor Maine license
  • 27 # of state licenses that Maine honors
  • 4 Years license is valid
  • 35 $ cost of the license
  • 18 Minimum age for license permit

Maine’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Maine CCW Reciprocity Map

Twenty-five states honor a Maine resident gun permit for reciprocity, they are

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.

These states honor the Maine gun permit for non-residents

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Maine in turn honors permits for these twenty-seven states

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Maine Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Maine is a “Shall Issue” state and operates “Unrestricted” in terms of gun laws. As long as you are twenty-one or older, you can open carry in many areas of the state. However, the Maine state police offer permits for residents that want to carry their guns to other states. You can have a gun in your vehicle and carry in national forests. You cannot, however, take your guns into state parks, schools, government buildings, courthouses, wildlife preserves, and private property. You cannot carry in a bar or place that serves alcohol except some restaurants. If you do not have a CCW, you have to inform the officer that you are carrying. If however, you do have one, you are exempt from having to notify. You must honor “no weapons” signs when posted.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To qualify for a concealed carry permit in Maine, you must be at least eighteen years old. You must not be prohibited in any way by the state for carrying. You must be a Maine resident for at least five years. You must have “good moral character” and prove that you can safely handle a firearm. You cannot have any convictions regarding possession of a firearm or related to alcohol violations for five years before applying. You cannot have been in prison or be convicted of any domestic abuse of other violent charges. You cannot have any drug convictions either. You must also comply with all federal regulations. You cannot open or conceal carry in Arcadia National Park, courthouses, other state parks, schools, federal buildings, state buildings, anyplace that sells alcohol except restaurants, private property, and wildlife sanctuaries. Permits are good for four years then need to be renewed.

Maine Gun Background Check

Maine is not a “point of sale” state, so they do not require a state background check when purchasing a firearm. Private sales are free and clear from having to perform one as well. When purchasing from a licensed dealer, however, you are subject to federal law and must have a background check conducted by the FBI and NCIS before buying. For semi-automatic sales, the magazine capacity cannot be more than six rounds. Purchase of these weapons is available only to licensed hunters.

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ME CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You are not prohibited by state law from possessing a firearm.
  • Demonstrates to the issuing authority a knowledge of handgun safety.
  • You are of good moral character. The issuing authority will make this determination based on past evidence recorded through government entities within the last five years.
  • Have not been convicted in a Maine court of a violation of Possession of firearms in an establishment licensed for on premises consumption of liquor within the past 5 years.
  • You have you been the subject of an investigation by any law enforcement agency within the past 5 years regarding the alleged abuse by you of family or household members
  • Youu have you been convicted in any jurisdiction within the past 5 years of 3 or more crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment of less than one year or of crimes classified under the laws of a state as a misdemeanor and punishable by a term of imprisonment of 2 years or less.
  • You have not engaged within the past 5 years in reckless or negligent conduct that has been the subject of an investigation by a governmental entity.
  • You have not been convicted in a Maine court within the past 5 years of any drug crime.
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. To apply for a permit/license in Maine, you must read the CCW pamphlet entitled Laws Relating to Permits to Carry Concealed Firearms.
  2. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  3. Complete and return the following; An application for a concealed carry permit. Two Authority to Release Information forms. Fee of $35 fee for a new applicants or a $20 renewal fee for a renewal application made payable to the Treasurer, State of Maine. Any necessary copies of CCW permits issued by other states or municipalities within Maine. A valid copy of the DD-214 form for members of the Armed Forces. A valid copy of a birth certificate or INS document. One color passport photograph at 2″ x 2″. Proof of knowledge of handgun safety.
  4. Mail your application to the state police or take to your local police station.
  5. You will be notified within 30 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

CCW Renewal

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ME Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Permit to carry concealed handguns$35.00$20.00The cost is $2.00 for a duplicate permit, change of address or name change.N/A

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Maine

AllowedForbidden
State and national forestsCourthouses
Road side rest areasState Parks
VehicleAcadia National Park
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenSchools
State Capitol area
Private property when prohibited by the property owner
Establishments licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor, if the premises are posted
Wildlife Sanctuaries
Labor disputes and strikes
Baxter State Park
Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

Maine CCW Contact

Maine Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday:9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

Contact

Address:Augusta Department of Public Safety
Maine State Police
45 Commerce Dr.,
City:Augusta, ME 04333
Phone:(207) 624-7210

CCW Licensing Offices in Maine

Deparment of Public Safety Maine State Police

Office Address
Physical Address: 45 Commerce Dr., Augusta ME. 04333 Mailing Address: State House Station 164, Augusta, ME. 04333

Phone
(207) 624-7210

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Counties in Maine