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Legal Information: Maine

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
March 4, 2020

I do not have a protection from abuse order against the abuser and s/he has not been convicted of a crime. Can s/he have a gun?

Even if the abuser was never convicted of a crime and you do not have a protection from abuse order against him/her, Maine state law says that it is illegal for someone to own or possess a gun if:

  1. s/he was involuntarily committed to a hospital because s/he was found to present a likelihood of causing serious harm;
  2. s/he was found to be “not criminally responsible by reason of insanity” for any crime;
  3. s/he was found to be “not competent to stand trial” for any crime;
  4. s/he is a fugitive from justice;
  5. s/he illegally uses, or is addicted to, any controlled substance and as a result cannot possess a firearm under federal law (18 USC § 922(g)(3));
  6. s/he is illegally in the U.S. or was admitted under a nonimmigrant visa and who is prohibited from possession of a firearm under federal law (18 USC § 922(g)(5));
  7. s/he was a U.S. citizen and gave up (renounced) his/her citizenship; or
  8. s/he has been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.1

Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun under other circumstances. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.

1 ME ST T. 15 § 393(1)(E) – (J)