Maine Gun Laws

Subject/LawLong GunsHandgunsRelevant StatutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoNo
Firearm registration?NoNo
Owner license required?NoNo
Permit required for concealed carry?N/ANo25 MRS ยง2003Maine is a “shall issue” state for concealed carry. Constitutional/permitless carry legislation took effect on October 15, 2015.
Permit required for open carry?NoNoOpen carry is permitted.
State preemption of local restrictions?YesYesLocal governments may restrict the discharge of firearms.
Assault weapon law?NoNo
Magazine capacity restriction?No*No12 MRS ยง11214
NFA weapons restricted?NoNo
Shall certify?YesYes25 MRSA ยง2013(3)Shall certify within 15 days.
Background checks required for private sales?NoNo
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