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Legislative Session Concludes

Final Score: Gun Rights - 4, Anti-Gunners - 0

The First Session of the 128th Legislature drew to a dramatic close after a budget impasse and State goverment shutdown, but before the end, a number of bills affecting gun owners were considered, some good, some bad, and some very bad.

Gun Owners of Maine, together with Sportman’s Alliance of Maine and the National Rifle Association, fought hard to support bills to defend and extend gun rights, and to defeat the many bills which would erode those rights. With your help, we had a pretty good year. While not every pro-gun bill succeeded, many did, and every anti-gun bill was defeated, or in one case, amended into harmless form.

A total of four new pro-gun bills became law, and seven anti-gun bills were defeated. [More]


New Raffles

SIG AR-15 Pistol w/brace and Joint 2-gun raffle with SAM!

Gun Owners of Maine's current raffle is for an exciting SIG M400 Scorpion AR-15 Pistol with SIG Brace (once again legal to shoulder, per ATF).  We also have a 2-gun raffle which is being conducted together with our partners at Sportman's Alliance of Maine, with a Windham Weaponry SAM-edition AR-15 and a UTAS UTS-15 bullpup shotgun.  Visit our Raffles and Donations page to find out more.


North Dakota Becomes Newest Constitutional Carry State

Law Takes Effect August 1, 2017

North Dakota became the 14th Constitutional Carry state with Governor Burgum's signature. The law will take effect on August 1, 2017.  North Dakota's law applies only to residents, however, so vistors from out-of-state will not be able to take advantage of the new permitless carry. North Dakota does honor Maine concealed handgun permits, however.


New Hampshire Becomes 13th Constitutional Carry State

Bill Takes Effect Immediately, February 22, 2017

Maine's only neighboring state, New Hampshire, has just become the newest Constitutional Carry state -- one which requires no permit in order to carry a concealed firearm -- with  Gov. Sununu's signing of SB 12. The bill takes effect immediately upon signing.

With New Hampshire's adoption of Constitutional Carry, the entire three-state Northern New England region of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is now a Constitutional Carry zone.



Gun Bills Introduced

Bill Tracking Information Now Available

We're tracking the gun-related bills introduced into the 128th Legislature, and there are both good and bad bills in this year's crop.  Keep up-to-date on what bills are being considered and what their status is on our Bill Tracker page..



Summerhaven Range News!

IF&W is seeking volunteers to help reopen and operate the Summerhaven Range in north Augusta, which was shut down temporarily some months ago.  More information.

Maine Concealed Handgun Permits 
now recognized in Florida

Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of Florida, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.  



Maine Concealed Handgun Permits now recognized in Georgia

Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of Georgia, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.  






 
Maine Concealed Handgun Permits now Recognized in New Hampshire

Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of New Hampshire, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.  For more information, read the press release here.



SAFER Maine is online!

SAFER Maine, the Statewide Access to Firearms Education and Resources project, is now online.SAFER is a free online resource which provides a Basic Handgun Safety and Introduction to Concealed Carry distance learning course, perfect for those who want to take advantage of Maine's new Constitutional Carry law, which goes into effect October 15, 2015.

 


Constitutional Carry is Now the Law in Maine

Constitutional Carry became the law in Maine on October 15, 2015; if you are 21 years of age or more (18+ if active duty or honorably discharged US military) and are not otherwise prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm, you can now exercise your right to bear arms without obtaining a permit.


To learn all what you need to know to carry a gun lawfully and safely, sign up for our 100% free online SAFER Basic Handgun Safety and Introduction to Concealed Carry course.


          

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Our community is comprised Federal Firearms Licensed individuals, training instructors, armorers, law enforcement individuals, attorneys, doctors, students, mothers and fathers who are passionate about understanding and expressing our constitutional rights. 

  Join us and add your voice to ours. Our voice grows stronger with every new member! As a community we can ensure that our rights shall not be infringed! 

Gun Owners of Maine, On The Air!

Watch our 10/15/2015 interview with Jon James on Moose 92, the day Constitutional Carry became law, and get the facts. If you want to take advantage of the new law, sign up for our absolutely free online SAFER Basic Handgun Safety and Introduction to Concealed Carry course.



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