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In addition, in 2015, Maine repealed its requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.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 2016, Maine had the 9th lowest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states, although Maine’s weak gun laws allow it to be a significant source of crime guns, especially crime guns used in other 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.