Maine Gun Laws

Maine Gun Laws

Maine State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                                 

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO NO*

*No permit is necessary to carry openly while in this state, or to carry a concealed handgun if the person is at least 21 years old, or between 18 and 21 and on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard or is an honorably discharged veteran, and is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm. 

*New law regarding carrying a concealed handgun without a permit (Effective date of law is October 15, 2015)

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Kidnapping, robbery, gross sexual assault

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling place

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

No - Unlawful entry of dwelling with intent to commit a crime, arson, kidnapping, robbery or forcible sexual attack

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Maine

*As of  October 15, 2015 no permit is required, The law allows a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Maine without a permit. This law also authorizes a person to possess a loaded pistol or revolver while in a motor vehicle, trailer or other vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle

The following information and links are being posted as the State still has the links active to the state website, and there is the complete law posted for public review. 

All CCW’s are administrated by the Department of Public Safety, Maine State Police Special Investigations.

Issuing authorities are: The Mayor and municipal officers or councilors of a city, the municipal officers or councilors of a town or the assessors of a plantation or, if they so choose, their full-time Chief of Police as their designee; or The Chief of the State Police as the designee of the municipal officers. To a resident of an unorganized territory:  The Chief of the State Police.

State Website CLICK HERE:

CCW Application, CLICK HERE: