Maine gun laws operate on an “Unrestricted” and “Shall Issue” policy. The later being needed for reciprocity with other states. No permit is required to conceal or open carry a firearm if the carrier is 21 years or older and meets all the criteria set out in the law. Permits are still available for residents who wish to travel out-of-state and non-residents. Applications are handled at the state level by the Maine State Police. a Court.
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Maine will only honor resident permit/licenses from all the states they recognize.
Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.
Connecticut is a “may issue” state.
Non-Resident permits available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.
Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Department of Public Safety through the State Police.
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 30 days of the application being received if you have been a resident for more than 5 years. If your residency is under 5 years it can take up to 60 days to process your application.
YES/NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
No License – Under Maine gun laws if you are carrying under permitless carry you must inform law enforcement immediately you have a concealed firearm.
With license – If you have a permit/license that Maine honors then you do not need to inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm. You are required to present your permit/license and ID when requested to do so.
Maine gun laws give “No Weapons” signs force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.
GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Any person in Maine older than 21 years (18 – 20 if in the military) who can legally own a firearm can carry a loaded, concealed handgun in a motor vehicle without a permit/license.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license in Maine is legal but not common in cities. You cannot open carry in State Parks.
YES – IF NOT POSTED – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
If you are a resident of Maine then you are permitted to conceal carry firearms in state parks, state forests, and roadside rest areas. Wildlife management areas are off limits and it is illegal to open carry in state parks.
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