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maine ccw QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify OfficerSEE DETAILS
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

Permit Information

Maine gun laws operate on an “Unrestricted” and “Shall Issue” policy. The later being needed for reciprocity with other states. No permit is required to conceal or open carry a firearm if the carrier is 21 years or older and meets all the criteria set out in the law. Permits are still available for residents who wish to travel out-of-state and non-residents. Applications are handled at the state level by the Maine State Police.

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Maine CCW permit recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming

Maine will only honor resident permit/licenses from all the states they recognize.

Permitless Carry

Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.

Maine CCW Permits

Maine is an “Unrestricted” & “shall issue” state.
Non-Resident permits available.
No permit is required.
The permit is valid for 4 years.

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You are not prohibited by state law from possessing a firearm.
  • Demonstrates to the issuing authority a knowledge of handgun safety.
  • You are of good moral character. The issuing authority will make this determination based on past evidence recorded through government entities within the last five years.
  • Have not been convicted in a Maine court of a violation of Possession of firearms in an establishment licensed for on premises consumption of liquor within the past 5 years.
  • You have you been the subject of an investigation by any law enforcement agency within the past 5 years regarding the alleged abuse by you of family or household members
  • Youu have you been convicted in any jurisdiction within the past 5 years of 3 or more crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment of less than one year or of crimes classified under the laws of a state as a misdemeanor and punishable by a term of imprisonment of 2 years or less.
  • You have not engaged within the past 5 years in reckless or negligent conduct that has been the subject of an investigation by a governmental entity.
  • You have not been convicted in a Maine court within the past 5 years of any drug crime.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Where You Can Carry

  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Courthouses
  • State Parks
  • Acadia National Park
  • Schools
  • State Capitol area
  • Private property when prohibited by the property owner
  • Establishments licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor, if the premises are posted. Note that even if there is no posted prohibition, it is illegal to carry on these premises while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Labor disputes and strikes
  • Baxter State Park
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Maine Gun Laws

Maine Contacts

Deparment of Public Safety
Maine State Police


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 45 Commerce Dr.

CityAugusta, ME. 04333

Phone (207)624-7210



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Trying to find out if I can in fact carry a back up weapon or if I’m restricted to one. Never hurts to know

Eric Martin
Eric Martin

I live in Maine and I want to know if I am eligible to carry a firearm


My wife and I are MA residents looking at buying a condo or cabin in Maine. We will be there 1 or 2 weekends a month and a few weeks straight in the summer. I have an LTC issued in MA but will I be able to purchase firearms (that will stay in Maine) that are otherwise banned in MA (i.e AR-15)? Or do I need to be a permanent resident of ME to purchase firearms in that state? Thank you!


A non resident can’t purchase and take possession of firearms commercially in Maine, you would need to have a transfer done to a dealer in your home state. A private sale….don’t ask don’t tell…..


CCW MA resident here and was told by gun shop in Wyndham that you can apply for dual residency. Only then can you purchace a firearm from the state of Maine that is not Mass compliant but I don’t think you can bring it back.

Payden Ventry
Payden Ventry

I think because people keep saying that teachers should have a gun after all the shootings that have happened. But I think that there should use a stun gun instead. Even know that when your stunned a clench your muscles and that will make the guy fire but that’s only for a little bit of time before they become unconscious.


I’m from Ma. and have a LTC permit. Is it legal for me to conceal carry in Maine.
I’m reading no permit required. They do not recognize Ma permits but Maine doesn’t require permits. Does anyone know the true legal answer here?


I have a speeding ticket in South Dakota which I am sure is a misdemeanor and I go it about a year ago so can I get a ccw or do I have to wait.


Since ME allows permitless carry shouldn’t it just honor any other state’s permit? In my case I have a a CT resident permit

Mark Catizone
Mark Catizone

As a non-resident, can I conceal carry in state parks if I get a Maine permit to conceal carry?

James Weinhardt
James Weinhardt

My wife is moving from New Jersey to Maine. She has handguns and a couple small rifles. What will she need to do upon arrival in Maine to keep herself legal? Keeping in mind she is totally legal now in New Jersey.

Gary Goodwin
Gary Goodwin

I am moving to S C I currently hold a Maine CCW permit. How do I change it to a non resident permit.