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Maine’s lack of basic gun safety laws puts its residents at grave risk, and lawmakers owe it to their communities to stand up to this crisis.

Maine passed a reckless permitless carry law in 2015 that allows residents to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public without a permit or background check. In 2019, Maine had the 17th-lowest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at slightly less than the average national rate. To protect residents from gun violence, lawmakers in Maine could repeal the state’s dangerous permitless carry law and require background checks on all gun sales.

What Maine Does Well

  • Mental health record reporting
  • Child access prevention law

What Maine Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.