In 2017, Maine repealed a law that previously required firearms dealers to make and keep a copy of the firearm sale record form that dealers are required to keep under federal law, and make that state copy available to law enforcement officers and prosecutors.1 Currently, Maine law only requires gun dealers to make the federal gun sale form available for inspection by law enforcement if the dealer has received a “formal written request for inspection stating that the form relates to an active criminal investigation.”2

See our Retention of Firearm Sales and Background Check Records policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. See 2017 ME HB 256, amending Me. Stat., 15 § 455. ⤴︎
  2. Me. Stat., 15 § 455(1-A). ⤴︎