The new law authorizing the “Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit” went into effect on October 15, 2015.
Any Maine resident over 21 (who is not otherwise prohibited from owning or being in possession of a firearm), is now authorized to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. This also applies to individuals (18-20 y/o) who are actively serving or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Military/Armed Forces.
If you hold an active permit, you are not required to apply for renewal once your permit has expired.
The law does NOT change where you may carry or who may possess a firearm. With a few specific exceptions, it will still be *illegal* to possess a firearm in: courthouses, state parks, Acadia National Park, schools, federal buildings, the State Capitol area, private property (when prohibited by owner), and establishments licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor (if the premises are posted). Note: even if an establishment is licensed for on-premise liquor but doesn’t have a posted prohibition, it is illegal to carry on these premises while under the influence of intoxicating substances.
You may apply (initial/renewal) for a concealed carry permit if you would like the option to carry in the following locations/circumstances:
For more information and updates regarding Maine’s new concealed carry laws be sure to visit: http://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/licenses/weapons_permits.html
Contact Rebecca Lacasse at 207-333-6650 X2083 for information on Concealed Weapons Permits.