Maine law prohibits knowingly selling, furnishing, giving or offering to sell, furnish or give ammunition to a child under 16 years of age.1 Federal age restrictions for ammunition sales are stricter.
Maine law prohibits knowingly possessing armor-piercing ammunition, other than as part of a bona fide collection.2 The Maine definition of “armor-piercing ammunition” differs slightly from the federal definition of armor-piercing ammunition.
Maine does not:
- Require a license for the sale of ammunition;
- Require a license to purchase or possess ammunition;
- Require sellers of ammunition to maintain a record of the purchasers; or
- Prohibit persons who are ineligible to possess firearms under state law from possessing ammunition, although federal ammunition purchaser prohibitions apply.
See our Ammunition Regulation policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- Me. Stat., 17-A § 554(1)(B). A defense exists if the defendant was the parent, foster parent, guardian or an adult approved by the parent, foster parent or guardian who furnished the child under 16 years of age ammunition for use in a supervised manner. Me. Stat., 17-A § 554(2)(C). ⤴︎
- Me. Stat., 17-A § 1056. ⤴︎