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Maine Permitless Carry

                                                                                                                                                   

PERMITLESS CARRY LAW - Effective October 15, 2015, Public Law 2015, Chapter 327 (LD 652), “An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit,” allows a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Maine without a permit. This law also authorizes a person to possess a loaded pistol or revolver while in a motor vehicle, trailer or other vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle.

Concealed carry without a permit is limited to people who are 21 or older, with the following exception:  If a person is 18 years of age or older, and is on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or the National Guard, and is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm, the person may carry a concealed handgun.  A person who is 18-20 years old and without the referenced military qualifications must have a permit to carry concealed.  The law applies to both residents of Maine and non-residents.

PERMIT STILL SOMETIMES REQUIRED
- There will be some circumstances in which an optional handgun permit will authorize the permittee to carry in certain locations or during an activity when an unpermitted person could not: 

  • Acadia National Park (Maine Permit required; 12 M.R.S. §756)
  • State Parks (Permit required; open carry not permitted; 12 M.R.S. § 1803(7))
  • Regular archery hunting-deer only (Permit required; 12 MRS § 11403)
  • Employees’ vehicles on work premises (Permit required; vehicle must be locked and firearm must not be visible; 26 M.R.S. §600)
  • Within 1000’ of a School Zone (Permit required; 18 U.S.C. § (2)(B)(ii)

 LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACT - If an individual is carrying a concealed handgun without a permit, he/she has a duty, when coming into contact with any law enforcement officer during a routine stop, detention or arrest, to immediately inform the law enforcement officer that the individual is carrying a concealed handgun.

 APPLIES ONLY TO HANDGUNS - Public Law 2015, Chapter 327 (LD 652) pertains only to handguns, not all weapons.  It is important to remember that this law does NOT authorize persons who are prohibited from possessing firearms to carry them.  If a person is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, this law does nothing to change that prohibition.   A person may be prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under state law, federal law, or both. 

 A NOTE ABOUT SCHOOL ZONES - The penalty for violating the Gun Free School Zone Act is 5 years in prison. If you are from out-of-state, do you know where the School Zones are in the jurisdiction you are visiting?