Concealed Handgun License No Longer Needed in Maine

Concealed Handgun License No Longer Needed in Maine

As of October 15th, 2015, Maine law allows for the concealed carry of a handgun without a permit for residents and non-residents that are legally allowed to own a firearm. There are some limitations; with some exceptions carry is limited to people over the age of 21. The law also limits where one may carry.  Currently, the following are off limits, per the Maine State Police:

  • Courthouses
  • State Parks
  • Acadia National Park
  • Schools
  • Federal buildings
  • State Capitol area
  • Private property when prohibited by the property owner.
  • Establishments serving liquor, if posted.

These restricts are consistent with those placed on the concealed carry permit. The CCW permit is still issued in Maine for those wishing to carry in other states which honor Maine’s permit. For more information see our Maine Concealed Carry page.The law also adds an additional restriction to those carrying without a permit. Again, per the Maine State Police: “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, to immediately inform the law enforcement officer that the individual is carrying a concealed handgun.”

Maine joins a number of other states which allow permit-less carry, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Vermont.  What effect Maine’s new law has remains to be seen, though officials and gun shop owners have yet to notice an increase in sales.

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  • Mikial

    Yes!

    Now if we here in Virginia could get rid of our Liberal Democrat Governor who was elected by the wealthy Liberal and welfare recipients base up in Fairfax, maybe we could achieve this too.

    But no matter what else, congratulations to all our gun brothers and sisters in Maine. Well done!

    • Also blame the establishment Republicans who sabotaged Ken Cuchinelli.

      • zippiest

        There’s an awful lot to blame Republicans for right now!

        • No it isn’t.

        • asoro

          there a few yes but not all, your top ones that are running things have to go, then maybe it will get better

          • zippiest

            Perhaps. If power doesn’t corrupt them too!

      • Mikial

        @TeeJaw

        So true. I actually wrote those . . . people, and told them they had lost my support for throwing Cuchinelli to the dogs. I have officially gone from a Republican to an Independent since then. But Cuchinelli is continuing the fight and has opening a Second Amendment legal practice that specializes in self defense shooting cases.

        • That’s good, I hope he runs for governor again. I have no connection to Virginia other than I was born there and later spent my Navy time there.

          • Mikial

            It’s still a great state, but all the wealthy Liberals and welfare types in the dense northern counties are able to push the federal Senators and the governorship over to the Libs, but we still control the state assembly and delegates, and we fight like hell for our rights.

          • Keep up the good fight, make the libs see that Terry Mcauliffe will bring them gangster government and nothing else. Of course, I doubt if the libs care about that.

        • That’s good, I hope he runs for governor again. I have no connection to Virginia other than I was born there and later spent my Navy time there.

        • asoro

          ok so you going to help Hillary just to be spiteful ? if so not to smart,,, if she or bernnie get in kiss the 2nd good bye if Obama does not do it first.

          • Mikial

            WTF are you talking about? I am a single issue voter . . Second Amendment rights . . and I put my support behind the candidate who stands firm in defense of our right to defend ourselves. BTW, I have already retained Cuchinelli’s law firm as my chosen attorneys in the event i need to use my weapon defensively and have the USCCA insurance to help pay for it.

            But you have to admit that the RINO GOP threw Cuchinelli under the bus and helped get us stuck with that Liberal McAuliff as a governor.

          • asoro

            I just hear so many people say if so and so does not get the nomination I will just stay home and not vote,,, to me thats giving the other side a 1/2 a vote, And I read and hear it so much, no wounder these dem’s are running wild and killing our country. people wont vote if the guy they want does not win. It just does not make any scene to me.

          • Mikial

            @asoro:disqus
            I couldn’t agree with you more, and you have my word of honor that i contribute to the best 2A candidate out there, and I never fail to vote. We have an excellent 2A rights group here in Virginia and they rate the candidates. And no matter what it takes for me to get to the polls . . I vote. You have my pledge on that.

          • asoro

            good for you Mikial !!!

      • Chris

        A quote from Ayn Rand
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        except in the same ultimate end:
        Communism proposes to enslave men by force, Socialism by the vote
        It is merely the difference between murder and suicide”

    • Mitch22

      Yeah, same here in Montana… We do have Constitutional carry in the county, but need a permit in the city… ??? That makes as much sense as a football bat

      • It’s like that in NY. I had a CCW outside NYC and wasn’t legal in NYC. Forget about trying for a CCW in NYC unless you are famous/have a lot of money/know the right people or a combination. Howard Stern and Sean Hannity have permits in NYC, so there you go.

        • Mitch22

          I have never been to NYC, and would never go simply because of the asinine gun laws and I’m allergic to Liberal idiocy… I’m missing out on all the cool things to see, but there is NO WAY I would go there without my Glock, same thing with Jersey, and we all know what happened to that nurse from PA when she drove into NJ with her PA permit… You deserve a medal just for living there… I personally would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6, and that just doesn’t work there

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        • asoro

          F-NYC unless you have no choice to be there stay the hell away from the commy city

      • John P

        Montana also has a CCW along with the constitutional carry and they also have reciprocity with Az. ANd several other states

        • Mitch22

          Yes, MT recognizes WA, but WA doesn’t recognize MT

          • John P

            This I know another is Wa.. only recognizes Or. Ca. and Id. But Oregon and California do not recognize each other’s CCWs.

          • asoro

            Cal, doesn’t recognize anyone do they ?

          • zippiest

            California dies not recognize other states permits.

          • Chris

            You do not have a right to protect yourself and family in California, If someone breaks into your home while you are there the Liberals that run that state want you to run the other way and try to escape.

          • Steven

            California BARELY recognizes California’s CCW. Even then, it is under duress in some parts of the state.

        • Steven

          Ohio no recognized CCWs from EVERY state, even if the states don’t recognize Ohio’s CCW. I understand that a few states that still require an agreement to recognize the a CCW from another state ruled that counted as an agreement.

      • John P

        You people in Montana what the Governor was before you elected him but you still put him office so do not blame anybody but yourselves. You also voted Tester in for second term even after he gave you purple shaft so live with it.

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          • John P

            How long have you lived in the state of Montana, I happened to have been born and raised there. As for your governor the people in the state elected him. Just because he was the states equivalent of attorney general does not mean he should be governor. What I meant say was that the people should have known what to expect from guy when became governor.

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  • Wyoming restricts it right to carry to residents. There should be a Constitutional objection to this treatment of non-residents because the second amendment is a fundamental right. Imagine if first amendment rights applied differently to non-residents.

    • John P

      Wyoming states it will issue to state residents and non-resident persons legally carrying a CCW from another stae

      • That’s a fair interpretation of the law (unless it’s been changed) but not all sheriffs agree.

      • That’s a fair interpretation of the law (unless it’s been changed) but not all sheriffs agree.

  • zippiest

    Time to update you maps Luke!

  • darrenlobo

    Is there a duty to inform law in Maine? The Philadelphia PD sends people a letter saying they must inform the police if they’re carrying when stopped. The thing is that there’s no duty to inform law in PA. Lying sleaze with a badge.

    • James Andrews

      I believe there is up here.

    • NorthernG

      You must inform in Maine only if you do NOT have a permit. And I’d also like to take the opportunity to point out a bit of misinformation in this article – you CAN carry in state parks if you have a permit.

    • Oingo Boingo

      Philly is a Chocolate mess run by Chocolate crooks, monkeys and swine.

  • Anvil6

    One thing to remember: Maine’s “permit-less” carriers (and non-resident permit holders whose license is recognized by the state of Maine) run afoul of the FEDERAL Gun-Free School Zone Law if they armed within 1,000 feet of a “school”.

    • Oingo Boingo

      The Feds are felchers.

  • GenEarly

    Limiting gun carry in State and National Parks/Forests is asinine.

  • NorthernG

    Those who choose to go the further step to get a permit CAN carry in state parks and Acadia. And while Maine does allow open carry, you cannot do so in state parks.

    • Doesn’t Maine have moose in those state parks? In the Tetons where I live with grizzly bears, the moose actually are responsible for more injuries to people.

  • Not-a-RINO

    I like to visit my USAF son & family in the Democratic People’s Republic of Maryland, but walk around feeling half-dressed because the state honors NO other states’ permits nor does the state issue permits to their own citizens unless they kiss the right government official’s rear end and jump through enough hoops. One may think a member of the 13 original colonies whose citizens fought and died for liberty would be one of the freest, but sadly that is NOT the case. If you carry across the state line and enter the DPR of Maryland you could be charged with a FELONY. So much for constitutional freedoms in that state, right?

    • I had family in Maryland until they all died and I used to visit often. Now I wouldn’t set foot in the place although outside of Baltimore and the DC area I think it’s still a pretty nice place. Too bad Baltimore and Annapolis get to make the rules for all the other people who don’t think the same way. My father, R.I.P., was once a Baltimore Firemen. That’s what they called them in those days.

      • Not-a-RINO

        Thanks for your reply. I had a lot of relatives in the Baltimore area. When I went to help my USAF son & family settle in, I thought it would be great to see my Grandma’s old house until I turned on the TV to see all the violence, looting and the inept city administration. I may be crazy, but I’m certainly not stupid so I decided to stay away. I do have one Aunt left and spend time with her. If it wasn’t for my son and my Aunt, I would never step foot in Maryland not even for a couple of excellent crab cakes from Timbuktu’s Restaurant. The liberal twits can have it.

        • My father’s family lived in a row house at 2809 Huntington ave in Baltimore, not far from Druid Hill Park. It was a nice neighborhood then, with a little grocery store on the corner. It’s probably a slum now. Thats’ what liberals do, they destroy things, they create nothing.

          • Not-a-RINO

            Can you see why I say liberalism is a cancer which is rotting America’s soul? The more ignorant and/or morally bankrupt a person is the more they support liberalism. However, if you think for yourself and live by biblical standards, liberalism is NOT for you.

            You’re right about liberals destroying things. Consider Detroit which was the fastest growing city in America with the highest per capita income. All it took was 50 years of corrupt/inept Democrat rule and the institution of the Welfare Plantation to make it look like Berlin in April 1945 and bankrupt. This is being repeated time and again everywhere in the U.S. and too many people are doing nothing to stop it except for trying more liberalism. It’s lunacy in full display.

            My Grandma lived off 5th Street east of E. Patapsco Avenue in South Baltimore. It’s hard to imagine a young kid would be allowed to go for a walk today like I used to back in the day as it’s too dangerous. My Grandma and I would walk up to the corner of 5th and Patapsco where there was a snowball stand which had excellent 10 cent cherry snowballs! 🙂

      • Bpenn

        I’ve often thought why doesn’t Maryland and Virginia fight for a separate DC voting district that includes Baltimore and points south and west to vote all maters DC; an area to include the commuting distance of those residents. This allowing the citizens of Virginia and Maryland to control their destiny without the heavy hand of Liberal DC. Thoughts?

  • Steven

    Rumor had it recently that Ohio was considering a similar law. I can’t confirm the status of that change.

  • greg

    I’m in NH and my shooting range is in Maine, close over the border, i always put the gun in the trunk on my way to the range, now this is great as i am legally a NH concealed carrier and now i don’t have take it off anymore going to my range.

  • Good for maine.

  • Henry Simpson

    What this country needs is a a nationwide concealed carry permit that every state has to honor. Just like they have to recognize federal police permits. A US Martial or FBI agent does not have to jump hoops at every state. They just flash their Federal identification if asked if they have a CC permit. And, no I don’t want to make it difficult. I think it should not be any harder to get than a national parks pass.

  • Bpenn

    There are 5 million NRA members, a very large GOA membership, thousands of gun clubs and local organizations with lage membership as well. With over 300 million legally owned firearms. We are the majority.
    We own our politicians. In the same manner that we own our politicians we allow these liberal politians to to trample on our rights by not exercising our right to vote or by casting an uninformed vote. You might say that we have met the enemy and they are us. Vote, vote consistantly and above all cast an informed Vote !

  • smalltowndude

    I have and Illinois resident permit, and a Florida non-resident. Can I carry in Maine? Your article says yes; your interactive map says no.

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