Maine has no law requiring a background check on the purchaser of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer. The only Maine laws governing such sales are those addressing the age of the purchaser. However the Maine Legislature has adopted a resolution requiring the Department of Public Safety to assist private sellers who wish to obtain criminal history record information about potential purchasers of firearms.1

See our policy summary on Universal Background Checks and the “Private” Sale Loophole for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. 2009 Me. HP 782. ⤴︎