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MAINE CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY
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THIS MAINE CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY LAW WILL TAKE EFFECT ON OCTOBER 15TH 2015
The Maine State Police have a summary of how the new law affects you here or read below. The links can be found on this page
Summary of Public Law 2015, Chapter 327 (127thLegis., LD 652)
Once it goes into effect, 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.
The new law goes into effect 90 days from final adjournment of the Legislature. It amends statutes in Maine Titles 12 and 25.
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.
The law does not otherwise change where a person may carry or who may possess a firearm.
It will still be illegal to possess a firearm in the following places, with some very limited exceptions:
•Courthouses (17-A M.R.S. § 1058)
•State Parks (12 M.R.S. § 1803(6), (7) and Bureau of Parks and Lands Rules Chapter 1)
•Acadia National Park (12 M.R.S. § 756)
•Schools (20-A M.R.S. § 6552)
•Federal buildings (18 U.S.C. § 930)
•State Capitol area (25 M.R.S. § 2904 & DPS Rule Chapter 41)
•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. (17-A M.R.S. §1057)
There will be some circumstances in which an optional handgun permit will authorize the permittee to in certain locations or
during an activity when an unpermitted person could not:
•Acadia National Park (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)
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.
The law 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.
Prohibitions include convictions (felony and qualifying misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence); some juvenile adjudications; many protection from abuse orders,
dishonorable discharge from the military; immigration status; deferred disposition status; certain mental health adjudications (civil involuntary
commitment; finding of not guilty by reason of insanity; finding of not competent to stand trial) and certain probate adjudications. Prohibitions
may also be imposed by conditions of bail, probation, and deferred disposition agreements.
Firearms laws are complex. The summary above is necessarily an overview. Persons may wish to contact qualified private counsel and or review the
applicable law if they have questions regarding whether they can legally possess firearms or ammunition. This agency is not authorized to give legal
advice. This summary cannot be used as a defense to illegal activity involving firearms or ammunition.
This agency strongly recommends that all persons carrying firearms be familiar with firearms safety and the
circumstances under which deadly force may be used.
THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN
245 - L.D. 652
Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit
Be it enacted by
the People of the State of Maine as follows:
1. 12 MRSA §11212, sub-§1, ¶B, as
amended by PL 2005, c. 477, §9, is
amended to read:
B. A person may not, while in or
on a motor vehicle or in or on a trailer or other type
2. 25 MRSA §2001-A, sub-§2, ¶A-1 is
enacted to read:
A-1. A handgun carried by a
person who is 21 years of age or older and is not
3. 25 MRSA §2001-A, sub-§3 is
enacted to read:
3. Firearm safety brochure. Upon
purchase of a handgun, a person exempt under
4. 25 MRSA §2003-A is
enacted to read:
§2003-A. Duty to
inform law enforcement
When an individual who is
carrying a concealed handgun pursuant to the authority of
5. 25 MRSA §2004, sub-§5 is
enacted to read:
5. Failure to inform law enforcement. A
person who fails to comply with section
2003-A commits a civil violation
for which a fine of not more than $100 may be
6. 25 MRSA §2012, sub-§1, ¶A, as
enacted by PL 1991, c. 127, is amended
A. "Basic firearm safety
brochure" means a brochure, produced by a national,
Rules for safe handling, storage and use of firearms;
Nomenclature and descriptions of various types of firearms; and
Responsibilities of firearm ownership.; and
The following information developed by the Department of Public Safety:
list of locations where handguns are prohibited; and
Information concerning the use of handguns for self-defense.
7. Appropriations and allocations. The
following appropriations and
and Enforcement - Public Safety 0712
Initiative: Eliminates 2 Office
Associate II positions, one State Police Detective position
REVENUE FUNDS 2015-16 2016-17
- LEGISLATIVE COUNT (3.000) (3.000)
Services ($189,000) ($259,560)
Other ($13,451) ($17,935)
OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL ($202,451) ($277,495)
In the United States, the term constitutional carry is a neologism for the legal carrying of handgun, either openly or concealed, without the requirement of a government permit. The phrase does not typically refer to the unrestricted carrying of a long gun, a knife, or other weapons. The scope and applicability of such laws or proposed legislation can vary from state to state.
The phrase "constitutional carry" reflects the view that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution permits no restrictions or other regulations on gun ownership, although District of Columbia v. Heller, decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008, suggests that some state or local controls may be allowed, at least as to certain types of weapons. Prior to Heller there have been many other cases that have upheld both state and federal gun control laws under the Second Amendment. The Heller case was upheld by the Court in McDonald v. Chicago, passed in 2010, that found that the 2d and 14th Amendments to the Constitution were "fully incorporated" and thus the right to "...keep and bear arms applies to the States and not 'in a watered-down version' but 'fully applicable'...," and does limit State and Local Governments in passing Laws that restrict this "individual" and "fundamental" Right to "...keep and bear arms," for Self-Defense. Self-Defense was considered by the SCOTUS a "...central component of the 2d Amendment." All of the state laws described below operate in the context of federal regulation regarding the transfer and sale of firearms. Firearms and ammunition are subject to taxation as well.
Constitutional carry is also sometimes known as "Vermont carry", "permitless carry", or "unrestricted carry."
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