Maine State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012

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Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Maine ranked 27th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.

In 2013, the Maine legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation

ME H 250 Makes concealed weapon permit records confidential.

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Among other things, Maine does not:

Local law enforcement does, however, have limited discretion to deny a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

In 2010, Maine had the 10th lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. However, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (“MAIG”), Maine was the source state for guns recovered in crimes in other states at four times the rate at which guns from other states were recovered after being used in crimes in Maine. In fact, in that year, Maine had the third highest ratio of crime gun exports to imports among the states and the 26th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states.

Maine Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Maine, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.