State Law Background
Among other things, Maine does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties;
- Require firearms dealers or purchasers to obtain a state license;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearm owners to register their firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition sales; or
- Provide local governments with authority to regulate firearms.
In addition, in 2015, Maine repealed its requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
In 2014, Maine had the 14th lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states, improving from 20th lowest as of 2013. While rates of gun violence in Maine are not off the charts compared to some other states, Maine’s weak gun laws allow it to be a significant source of crime guns. As of 2010, 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.
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.