Concealed Carry State Laws In Maine
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Maine refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Maine are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Maine
While in Maine there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Maine the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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Maine’s State Constitution states: “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”
Maine is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The issuing authority are the local police, or the state police. A permit to carry a concealed firearm shall be issued within 30 days to a qualified applicant, who has to show proficiency in the use of firearms, and who has resided in Maine for at least five years, or within 60 days to a nonresident or a resident for less than five years. The Concealed Carry permit (CCW) is valid for 4 years. A permit to carry a concealed firearm is required when transporting a loaded firearm, either concealed or plainly visible, in any vehicle.
In the capitol Augusta state lawmakers are prepping themselves for a round of hearings, debates and decisions on proposed changes to Maine’s gun laws. In an informational session, the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard from several experts on the state’s gun laws, including Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. In the works are more than 20 bills that look to address issues revolving around the use and possession of firearms in Maine. At least a dozen of those measures go to public hearings. Many of the bills look to add restrictions, such as background checks at gun shows and private sales and capacity limits on ammunition magazines. Others would loosen gun control. For example, some bills would prohibit the state from enforcing federal gun laws. One proposal aims to completely eliminate the state’s permit requirement for carrying concealed handguns.
The primary difference between state and federal gun laws depends on which government makes the laws and prosecutes those suspected of violating them. Further, some weapons that do not count as firearms under federal law, such as black-powder or antique weapons are counted as firearms under Maine law.
Open carry is permissible in Maine. However, guns concealed in the glove box of a motor vehicle are considered concealed. Unless a person has a valid concealed carry permit, an individual cannot carry a weapon in a motor vehicle or trailer pulled by a vehicle that are ready to fire, meaning loaded usually meaning a round in the chamber.
To see the complete list of all of Maine’s gun laws visit the home page on US Precision Defense, our Reciprocity maps.
Fact; Maine has the highest gun ownership per capita in the nation and among the lowest crime rates! Yet your Second Amendment rights are constantly under attack by those who ignore facts and the intent of both the United States Constitution as well as Maine’s Constitution.
Found an article in a Maine newspaper in regards to the 2nd amendment asking who do we turn to that can decide who can protect us, Consider this: When Americans think about their rights, do they look first to the police to discuss how they might be altered, amended, limited or restricted? Who goes to the police station to find out what speech is protected by the First Amendment? Who flags down a passing patrol car to receive definitions of our guarantees of freedom of religion, or the right to a trial by jury, or to be protected against self-incrimination, or to be allowed to confront one’s accusers, or to be granted a writ of habeas corpus? So why should we consult the police when it comes to exercising our God-given right to bear arms? You can’t, all these questions are simple, it is up to the voter and those the voters place in elected office, ultimately we the citizens have the power and the answers, all can be found at the ballot box….
In a quote from the Maine’s Sheriff’s Association; recently there have been several high profile incidents surrounding violence in schools and other public places throughout the United States. The sheriffs of the State of Maine are committed to ensuring that our children and communities are safe. As sheriffs, we have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Maine. We are determined to ensure that all provisions within both Constitutions are upheld. This includes the second amendment; our citizens’ ‘Right to Bear Arms’.
This is a Law Enforcement association that stands in support of the Second Amendment and the rights of the citizens in the state of Maine and is a positive example that other associations in other states could follow.
Many of the staff of US Precision Defense have either Law Enforcement or Military experience, and know firsthand the value of our freedoms, and we think the citizens of Maine are very fortunate to live in a state that is not only a strong supporter of the second amendment, yet also have the support of the Elected Sheriff’s in the state.