A Maine Firearm Bill of Sale is a document proving gun sale and ownership. It serves as a record of the transaction that helps mitigate risk.
No specific bill of sale form must be used in the state, so you can use our document builder to create your form.
State permit to purchase: No
Registration of firearm: No
License to own: No
Assault weapon law: No
Magazine capacity restriction: No
Permit for concealed carry: No
Permit for open carry: No
How to Sell a Firearm Privately
Maine has no waiting period for private-party firearm sales and very few laws for such sales, therefore pay most attention to who you cannot sell a firearm to.
Maine has no specific requirements for private parties selling firearms.
One of the laws in Maine restricting firearm sales (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 17-A § 554-A) prohibits selling to an underage individual (under 18).
Maine has also enacted extremely stringent laws preventing the possession of firearms by individuals who have been determined to be a danger to themselves or the community.
Maine laws (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 15 § 393) prohibit firearms sales to anyone who:
- Has been convicted of committing, or found not criminally responsible because of insanity of committing, a state or federal crime with an imprisonment term of one year or greater or a crime with the use of a dangerous weapon
- Has been involuntarily committed to a hospital on a finding of presenting a threat of “serious harm,” found not criminally responsible because of insanity, or found not competent to stand trial
- Is a fugitive from justice
- Is an unlawful user of or is addicted to any controlled substance
- Is an alien who is illegally or unlawfully in the US.
- Has been dishonorably discharged from the US armed forces
- Has renounced that person’s US citizenship
Maine keeps extensive records on those who have been involuntarily committed and those who have been determined to be unfit to stand trial due to mental incompetency. (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 34-B, §§ 3862-A and 3863)
Firearm Inheritance Laws
Maine’s prohibition on minors owning firearms does not apply to weapons passed by inheritance. (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 17-A § 554-B)
Per 25 ME Rev Stat § 2014, Maine does not require registration of firearms.
Maine law prohibits keeping or maintaining any records of privately owned firearms and the owners of those firearms.
Concealed Carry Permit
Anyone in Maine over 21 who is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm may open or concealed carry a handgun without a permit. (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 25 § 2001-A)
Individuals between 18 and 21 years of age and not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm can carry if they work in law enforcement, are on active duty in the armed forces, or is an honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces.
How to Apply
Individuals wishing to carry a firearm outside of Maine must apply for a concealed carry permit.
Maine is a “shall-issue” state, meaning law enforcement will issue a permit to any otherwise qualified individual.
A person requesting a permit must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Complete a background check application (per federal law)
- Not be otherwise disqualified (no felony convictions or history of domestic violence)
- Demonstrate knowledge of handgun safety
Step 1 – Find Your Local Applicable Application Agency
Research whether the State Police or city issues permits in your city of residence.
Step 2 – Complete Application
Step 3 – Take Safety Course
Attach proof that you completed a federally recognized handgun safety course.
Step 4 – Submit Photo
Attach a passport-quality photo to your application.
Step 5 – Attach Copy of Birth Certificate
Include a copy of your birth certificate with your application.
Step 6 – Submit Application
Turn in your application to the local city authority or the Maine State Police Special Investigations Department (164 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0164).
Step 7 – Pay Fees
Pay the appropriate application fee.
Permits are valid for four years from the date of issuance.
Maine has concealed-carry reciprocity with states that recognize Maine concealed-carry permits. (25 ME Rev Stat § 2001-A(2)(F))
Currently, these states have reciprocity with Maine:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
Maine Firearm Bill of Sale Sample
Below is an example of a Maine firearm bill of sale.