Maine

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Maine is a “Shall Issue” state because of reciprocity with other states. If you’re 21 you’re not required to have a permit, as long as you’re legally allowed to have a handgun. 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.

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  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You are not prohibited by state law from possessing a firearm.
  • Demonstrates to the issuing authority a knowledge of handgun safety.
  • You are of good moral character. The issuing authority will make this determination based on past evidence recorded through government entities within the last five years.
  • Have not 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.
  • You have you been the subject of an investigation by any law enforcement agency within the past 5 years regarding the alleged abuse by you of family or household members
  • Youu have you been convicted in any jurisdiction within the past 5 years of 3 or more crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment of less than one 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.
  • You have not engaged within the past 5 years in reckless or negligent conduct that has been the subject of an investigation by a governmental entity.
  • You have not been convicted in a Maine court within the past 5 years of any drug crime.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons 

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. To apply for a permit/license in Maine, you must read the CCW pamphlet entitled Laws Relating to Permits to Carry Concealed Firearms.
  2. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  3. Complete and return the following;
    • An application for a concealed carry permit.
    • Two Authority to Release Information forms.
    • Fee of $35 fee for a new applicants or a $20 renewal fee for a renewal application made payable to the Treasurer, State of Maine.
    • 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.
    • A valid copy of a birth certificate or INS document.
    • One color passport photograph at 2″ x 2″.
    • Proof of knowledge of handgun safety.
  4. Mail your application to the state police or take to your local police station.
  5. You will be notified within 30 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

New Permits: $35
Renewal: $20

The cost is $2 for a duplicate permit, change of address or name change.

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    Places Allowed

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

    Places Not Allowed

    • 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.

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    Yes
    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
    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
    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.
    Yes
    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
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    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.
    Yes
    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.

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    Quick Facts

    Open Carry

    Yes

    Carry In Vehicle

    Yes

    Carry In State Parks

    Yes

    Carry In Restaurants

    Yes

    Constitutional Carry

    Yes

    No Weapons Signs Enforced

    Yes

    Must Notify Officer

    Yes
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