Maine has generally weak gun laws, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Maine passed a reckless permitless carry law in 2015 that allows residents to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public without a permit or background check. In 2017, Maine had the 16th-lowest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at the 25th-highest rate. To protect residents from gun violence, lawmakers in Maine could repeal the state’s dangerous permitless carry law and require background checks on all gun sales.

  • Firearm prohibition for some domestic abusers

  • Universal background checks

  • Concealed carry permitting requirement

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Waiting period

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Ammunition sale regulation