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Updated September 08, 2022

A Maine firearm bill of sale is a legal document that is used in the sale and purchase of a firearm between a dealer and an individual or between two (2) private parties. This document is proof of the change of ownership from the seller to the buyer and contains important information about both parties and the firearm itself. It is only recognized if all fields are completed and it is executed in the presence of a notary public.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

Anyone who is permitted to own a firearm in Maine can sell a firearm in the state.

Prohibited from Buying

As outlined in 15 ME Rev Stat § 393 , an individual is not permitted to own or purchase a firearm if that person:

  • Has been convicted of committing or found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity of committing:  
    • A crime in this bbin电竞官网官方永久 that is punishable by imprisonment for a term of one year or more;  
    • A crime under the laws of the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s that is punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;  
    • A crime under the laws of any other state that, in accordance with the laws of that jurisdiction, is punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year. This subparagraph does not include a crime under the laws of another state that is classified by the laws of that state as a misdemeanor and is punishable by a term of imprisonment of 2 years or less;  
    • A crime under the laws of any other state that, in accordance with the laws of that jurisdiction, does not come within subparagraph (3) but is elementally substantially similar to a crime in this bbin电竞官网官方永久 that is punishable by a term of imprisonment for one year or more; or  
    • A crime under the laws of the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s, this bbin电竞官网官方永久 or any other state or the Passamaquoddy Tribe or Penobscot Nation in a proceeding in which the prosecuting authority was required to plead and prove that the person committed the crime with the use of:  
      • A firearm against a person; or  
      • Any other dangerous weapon.  
  • Has been adjudicated in this bbin电竞官网官方永久 or under the laws of the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s or any other state to have engaged in conduct as a juvenile that, if committed by an adult, would have been a disqualifying conviction:  
    • Under paragraph A-1, subparagraphs (1) to (4) and bodily injury to another person was threatened or resulted; or  
    • Under paragraph A-1, subparagraph (5).  
  • Is subject to an order of a court of the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s or a state, territory, commonwealth or tribe that restrains that person from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner, as defined in 18 United bbin电竞官网官方永久s Code, Section 921(a), of that person or a child of the intimate partner of that person, or from engaging in other conduct that would place the intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the intimate partner or the child, except that this paragraph applies only to a court order that was issued after a hearing for which that person received actual notice and at which that person had the opportunity to participate and that:  
    • Includes a finding that the person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of an intimate partner or a child; or  
    • By its terms, explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against an intimate partner or a child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury.  
  • Has been:  
    • Committed involuntarily to a hospital pursuant to an order of the District Court under Title 34-B, section 3864 because the person was found to present a likelihood of serious harm, as defined under Title 34-B, section 3801, subsection 4-A, paragraphs A to C;  
    • Found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity with respect to a criminal charge; or  
    • Found not competent to stand trial with respect to a criminal charge.  
  • Is currently a restricted person under Title 34‑B, section 3862‑A, subsection 2 or subsection 6, paragraph D except that the prohibition applies to possession and control, and not ownership. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime;   [PL 2019, c. 411, Pt. C, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 411, Pt. D, §3 (AFF).]
  • Has been ordered to participate in a progressive treatment program pursuant to Title 34‑B, section 3873‑A and, as part of that order, directed not to possess a dangerous weapon pursuant to Title 34‑B, section 3873‑A, subsection 7‑A for the duration of the treatment program, except that the prohibition applies to possession and control, and not ownership. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime;   [PL 2019, c. 411, Pt. C, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 411, Pt. D, §3 (AFF).]
  • Is a fugitive from justice. For the purposes of this paragraph, “fugitive from justice” has the same meaning as in section 201, subsection 4. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime;   [PL 2015, c. 470, §1 (AMD).]
  • Is an unlawful user of or is addicted to any controlled substance and as a result is prohibited from possession of a firearm under 18 United bbin电竞官网官方永久s Code, Section 922(g)(3). Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime;   [PL 2015, c. 470, §1 (AMD).]
  • Is an alien who is illegally or unlawfully in the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s or who was admitted under a nonimmigrant visa and who is prohibited from possession of a firearm under 18 United bbin电竞官网官方永久s Code, Section 922(g)(5). Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime;   [PL 2015, c. 470, §1 (AMD).]
  • Has been discharged from the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime; or   [PL 2015, c. 470, §1 (AMD).]
  • Has, having been a citizen of the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s, renounced that person’s citizenship. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime.   [PL 2015, c. 470, §1 (AMD).]conditions. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime; or   [PL 2015, c. 470, §1 (AMD).]

Registering a Firearm

In accordance with   25 ME Rev Stat § 2014 , no government agency is permitted to require residents of Maine to register their firearms or themselves as firearm owners.

Concealed Carry

Anyone who is twenty-one (21) years old or older and is eligible to own a firearm can carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Any person between eighteen (18) and twenty (20) years of age must obtain a permit to concealed carry.

How to Apply

A person must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Step 1 – Find out of the bbin电竞官网官方永久 Police issues permits in the applicant’s city of residence, or if the city issues permits directly.

Step 2 – Complete a Resident Concealed Handguns Permit Application .

Step 3 – Attach proof of completing a federally recognized handgun safety course.

Step 4 – Attach a passport-quality photo of the applicant.

Step 5 – Attach a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate.

Step 6 – Submit the application to the local city authority or the Maine bbin电竞官网官方永久 Police Special Investigations Department (164 bbin电竞官网官方永久 House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0164).

Step 3 – Pay the appropriate application fee .

Reciprocity

25 ME Rev Stat § 2001-A(2)(F) explains that Maine recognizes the concealed carry permits of all states that in turn recognize Maine’s permit. Permits from the following states are not recognized in Maine: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.