In Maine, New Law Allows Permitless Carry

Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Official portrait by Jim Bowdoin
Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Official portrait by Jim Bowdoin

Law Shield is pleased to report that Constitutional/Permitless Carry legislation, Legislative Document 652, was signed into law July 8 by Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Under LD 652, Maine residents no longer have to have a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) to carry concealed in the state, assuming they are not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. However, the current carry-permitting system stays intact for those who wish to participate in reciprocal concealed carry permit agreements when traveling to other states.

A couple of fine points we should mention: A person under 21 years of age cannot carry a concealed weapon without a permit unless the individual is active military between the ages of 18 and 21 years of age. Also, if law-enforcement officers stop an individual carrying a concealed handgun, the carrier must immediately inform the officer of the presence of the concealed handgun.

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