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MAINE GUN LAWS

MAINE CCW QUICK FACTS

Permit Information

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.

STATES THAT

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Maine Reciprocity Map

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RESIDENT
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, Wyoming

NON-RESIDENT
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, Wyoming

Residential
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, Wyoming

Maine will only honor resident permit/licenses from all the states they recognize.

Permitless Carry

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.

Permits/Licenses

Connecticut is a “may issue” state.
Non-Resident permits available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

OFF-LIMIT AREAS

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Courthouses
  • State Parks
  • Acadia National Park
  • Schools
  • State Capitol area
  • Private property when prohibited by the property owner
  • Establishments licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor, if the premises are posted. Note that even if there is no posted prohibition, it is illegal to carry on these premises while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Labor disputes and strikes
  • Baxter State Park
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

Where You Can Carry

  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below 

Details on Maine Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Department of Public Safety through the State Police.

30 Days
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.

YES
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.

YES
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.

Maine Contacts

Deparment of Public Safety Maine State Police

Hours


Monday – Friday    9am – 5pm

Saturday                  Closed

Sunday                    Closed

Contact


Address    45 Commerce Dr.

City            Augusta, ME. 04333

Phone      (207)624-7210

Email        Scott.W.Ireland@maine.gov