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In addition, in 2015, Maine repealed its requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.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 2017, Maine had the 16th lowest gun death rate among the states. Maine also supplied crime guns to other states at the 25th highest rate among the states. Maine exported crime guns at nearly five times the rate at which it imported crime guns from 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.