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Maine Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 05/24/2019
Carry allowed with my Maine permit?
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Maine Gun Laws

Maine is a shall-issue state with concealed weapons permits issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety through the Maine State Police.

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required to buy a handgun from a private individual. 

Open and concealed carry is legal in Maine. Any person 21 or older who can legally possess a firearm is allowed to carry openly or concealed. 

Maine Permits to Carry Concealed Handguns (CHPs) require a firearms training course that has been approved by the state. Maine CHPs are issued to residents and non-residents that are at least 18 years old. Some areas are off-limits, including schools and courthouses. In terms of reciprocity, since Maine has permitless carry, any person at least 21 years old who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit. 

Maine is a Castle Doctrine state. Maine’s law states that, “A person is justified in using deadly force upon another person: (A) When the person reasonably believes it necessary and reasonably believes such other person is: (1) About to use unlawful, deadly force against the person or a 3rd person; or (2) Committing or about to commit a kidnapping, robbery or a violation of section 253, subsection 1, paragraph A, against the person or a 3rd person; or (B) When the person reasonably believes that such other person has entered or is attempting to enter a dwelling place or has surreptitiously remained within a dwelling place without a license or privilege to do so; and (2) That deadly force is necessary to prevent the infliction of bodily injury by such other person upon the person or a 3rd person present in the dwelling place. However, a person is not justified in using deadly force if he provoked the encounter; he knows that he or a 3rd person can, with complete safety: retreat from the encounter (except that the person or the 3rd person is not required to retreat if the person or the 3rd person is in the person's dwelling place and was not the initial aggressor); surrender property to the person; or comply with a demand that the person abstain from performing an act that the person is not obliged to perform.”

42k
Permits Issued
1.3M
State Population
3.14%
Permit Percentage
51
States Honored
29
Reciprocating States.
18
Minimum Age to CC

Maine Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Maine allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Maine?

Yes, without a permit.  Any person who is at least 21 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry. 

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Maine requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Maine to get a concealed carry permit?

18

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Maine with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Maine issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Maine allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Maine?

Yes, without a permit

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Maine?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Maine?

Yes with a permit in state or national parks and state or national forests. Permitless carry is not allowed. [State Park Rule 20(b)]

No for WMAs.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Maine?

Yes, unless it is posted, provided you are not under the influence. [17-A Me. Rev. Stat. 43, § 1057]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Maine have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

An employer or an agent of an employer may not prohibit an employee who has a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun from keeping a firearm in the employee's vehicle as long as the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible.

[26 M.R.S 7 §600]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Maine?

Yes, if carrying without a permit.

No, with a permit. [25 Me. Rev. Stat. 252 § 2003-A]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Maine have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Maine have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Armor-piercing ammunition is prohibited.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Maine? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. A person is guilty of criminal trespass if, knowing that that person is not licensed or privileged to do so, that person enters any place from which that person may lawfully be excluded and that is posted in accordance with subsection 4 or in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders or that is fenced or otherwise enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime;

Possession of firearms in an establishment licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor
1.    A person is guilty of criminal possession of a firearm if:

  • The person possesses any firearm on the premises of a licensed establishment posted to prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of patrons, in violation of the posted prohibition or restriction; or
  • While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs or a combination of liquor and drugs or with an excessive alcohol level, the person possesses a firearm in a licensed establishment.

17-A ME Rev. Stat. 17 §1057. Criminal Trespass

[Me. Rev. Stat. 17, § 402.1.C]
Preemption?

Does Maine have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. There is full state preemption of all gun laws. [25 Me. Rev. Stat. 252-A, § 2011]

Red Flag Law?

Does Maine have a red flag law?

No.

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Maine?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit. 


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned."
Article 1, Section 16

Maine Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Maine honor?

Alabama (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
California (if at least 21 years old)
Colorado (if at least 21 years old)
Connecticut (if at least 21 years old)
Delaware (permit recognized if at least 21 years old; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
District of Columbia (if at least 21 years old)
Florida (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Georgia (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Hawaii (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Illinois (if at least 21 years old)
Indiana (if at least 21 years old)
Iowa (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Kentucky (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Louisiana (if at least 21 years old)
Maryland (if at least 21 years old)
Massachusetts (if at least 21 years old)
Michigan (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Minnesota (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (permit recognized if at least 21 years old; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Montana (if at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Nevada (if at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (permit recognized if at least 21 years old; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
New Jersey (if at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (if at least 21 years old)
New York (if at least 21 years old)
New York City (if at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Ohio (if at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Oregon (if at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (if at least 21 years old)
Rhode Island (if at least 21 years old)
South Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (if at least 21 years old)
Texas (if at least 21 years old)
Utah (permit recognized if at least 21 years old; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Vermont (if at least 21 years old)
Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Washington (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Wisconsin (if at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (if at least 21 years old)

Maine has permitless carry for any person at least 21 years old who can legally possess a firearm. If carrying with a permit/license that Maine honors/recognizes, you must be 18 or older. By statute, Maine doesn’t honor all other states permits, and there are locations that are off-limits to those carrying under permitless carry in Maine. You have to have a Maine permit or a resident permit from a state Maine honors to carry in the below listed areas:

Maine has agreements with Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia.<

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Other States' Reciprocity With Maine

Which states honor permits from Maine?

Maine residents can carry a concealed defensive firearm in the state of Oklahoma without any type of permit. You must carry your driver's license or state-issued ID when carrying your firearm in Oklahoma.

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Maine

Which states honor permits from Maine with restrictions?

Florida (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Georgia (at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 21 years old)
Iowa (at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (at least 21 years old)
Michigan (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (at least 21 years old)
Ohio (at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
Virginia (at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Maine Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Not be prohibited by state law from possessing a firearm;
  • Demonstrate to the issuing authority a knowledge of handgun safety;
  • Be of good moral character (the issuing authority will make this determination based on past evidence recorded through government entities within the last 5 years);
  • Not have 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;
  • Not have been the subject of an investigation by any law enforcement agency regarding the alleged abuse of family or household members within the past 5 years;
  • Not have been convicted in any jurisdiction within the past 5 years of 3 or more crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment of less than 1 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;
  • Not have engaged within the past 5 years in reckless or negligent conduct that has been the subject of an investigation by a governmental entity;
  • Not have been convicted in a Maine court of any drug crime within the past 5 years; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

New permits  $35

Renewals  $20

$2 for duplicates, change of address or name changes.

Valid For:

4 years

Processing Time:

30 days for a resident of 5 or more years and 60 days for nonresidents or residents of less than 5 years

Application:

Link to resident application

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Non-residents use the same process as residents.

Link to nonresident application

Name/Address Changes:

You must make notification of changes of address within 30 days of moving. If you wait more than 30 days, your permit becomes invalid and you must start over as a new applicant at full cost. If you currently hold a valid permit issued through the Maine State Police (MSP):

  • If you move to another address in the same town, you can call the MSP and update your address over the phone; you do not need to send any money and you will not receive a new permit; if you want a new permit reflecting your new address in the same town, send in page one of the application, filled out completely, and include a check/money order for $2.00 payable to Treasurer, State of Maine.
  • If you move to another town in which the MSP is still the Issuing Authority, you must fill out page one of the resident application or non-resident application completely and send it in with a check/money order for $2.00.
  • If your current valid permit has been issued from an Issuing Authority other than the MSP – a police department or the town’s selectmen – and you move to a town in which the Maine State Police is the Issuing Authority, you must fill out the complete resident application packet, even the authority to release information pages at the back of the packet, and send it to the MSP with a check/money order for $2.00. Note: The MSP requires a photo, a copy of your birth certificate, a copy of your current concealed carry permit and a copy of a handgun safety certificate. Normally the handgun safety certificate must be less than 5 years old, but in this instance only, it does not have to be; it can be more than 5 years old. 

Name changes can be made using the same resident application or non-resident application form.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Contact your local State Police Office.


Maine Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Maine Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Read the Maine concealed carry pamphlet: Laws Relating to Permits to Carry Concealed Handguns.

Step 2:

Download the application.

Step 3:

Mail your completed application to the state police or take to your local police station.  You will need the following:

  • An application for a concealed carry permit;
  • Two Authority to Release Information forms;
  • A valid copy of a birth certificate or INS document;
  • One 2-inch by 2-inch color passport photograph; 
  • Proof of knowledge of handgun safety;
  • 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; and
  • The appropriate fees.
Step 4:

You will be notified by mail within 30 days whether your application has been approved or denied.


Firearms Training Requirements in Maine

An applicant for a Maine CHP must complete a handgun safety course offered by or under the supervision of a law enforcement agency or a state-approved firearms instructor. As an alternative way of fully satisfying this requirement, an applicant may personally demonstrate knowledge of handgun safety to an issuing authority, if the issuing authority is willing to evaluate an applicant’s personal demonstration of such knowledge. The issuing authority is not required to offer this second option.

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Maine Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Maine Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

You must submit renewal applications within 6 months of the expiration of your permit.

Download the resident application and instructions or the non-resident application and instructions.

Step 2:

Mail your completed application to the state police or take to your local police station.  You will need the following:

  • An application for a concealed carry permit;
  • Two Authority to Release Information forms;
  • One 2-inch by 2-inch color passport photograph; 
  • 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; and
  • The appropriate fees.
Step 3:

You will be notified by mail whether your application has been approved or denied.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

RLEOs can obtain training and qualification from any Maine Criminal Justice Academy Certified Firearms Instructor.

RLEO application


Maine Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Maine?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, unless posted and provided you are not under the influence.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks and state/national forests? Yes, although open carry is prohibited in state parks.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Maine?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license


FAQ: Maine Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Maine?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Maine?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Maine?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Maine?

No.

What are the knife laws in Maine?

It is legal to own any type of knife in Maine, although there may be county ordinances limiting what can be carried. It is also legal to open carry any knife. However, certain weapons, including dirks, bowie knives, stilettos and other dangerous or deadly weapons, cannot be carried concealed or displayed in a threatening manner.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in ME?

Not while under the influence, per 17-A Me. Rev. Stat. 43, § 1057
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for Maine Gun Laws


Maine Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
05/24/2019

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

04/30/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/18/2019

Links checked

03/28/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

02/01/2019

Added info to

01/25/2019

Added church info to location restrictions section

01/25/2019

Links checked

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

11/30/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Maine


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