Lethal Means: Firearm Laws

Summaries are specific to portion of law that concerns juveniles

Title 12, Section 11108-A (Junior hunting license restrictions)

Subsection 7-A, Restrictions, states that any resident or non-resident hunter 10 years of age and older, and under 16 years of age may hunt with firearms only in the presence of the minor’s parent or guardian, or a person at least 18 years of age approved by the minor’s parent or guardian and who holds a valid Maine hunting license.

Title 12, Section 11108-A (Prohibited Acts)

Subsection 21 states that it is unlawful to allow a junior hunter to hunt without adult supervision.

Title 15, Section 393 (Possession of firearms prohibited for certain persons)

This statue disqualifies certain persons from legally possessing firearms, and includes: restrictions and exceptions concerning persons that committed crimes as juveniles, and crimes that involved the threat or result of bodily injury to an intimate partner or child.

Title 15, Section 455-A (Warning requirement upon sales of firearms)

This statue requires retail establishments that sell firearms to post a warning stating that leaving a firearm and ammunition within easy access of a child may be considered endangering the welfare of a child.  Endangering the welfare of a child is a crime.  The warning is written out specifically in the statute.

Title 17-A, Section 554, (Endangering the welfare of a child)

Subsection 1, paragraph B states that a person is guilty of endangering a child if they sell, give, or furnish air rifles, gunpowder, smokeless powder or firearm ammunition to a minor under 16 years of age.

Subsection 2, paragraph C states that it is an exception if the person who furnished, sold, or age the air rifle, gunpowder, smokeless powder or firearm ammunition to a minor under 16 years of age was the parent, foster parent, guardian or other adult approved by the parent, foster parent, or guardian and it was supervised usage.

Title 17-A, Section 554-A (Unlawful transfer of a firearm to a minor)

A person who is not the parent, foster parent, or guardian or a minor under 16 years of age cannot give, sell, lend or provide a firearm to that minor.

Title 20-A, Section 1001 (Duties of school boards)

Subsection 9, paragraph C states that a student will be expelled for possessing a firearm or dangerous weapon on school property without permission of a school official.

Subsection 9-A states that the school board adopts a policy to expel a student for possession of a firearm on school property in accordance with the 1994 Gun-Free School Zones act.

Title 20-A, Section 6552 (Firearms)

A person may not possess a firearm on public school property or discharge a firearm within 500 feet of school property unless he or she is a law enforcement official or it is for a supervised educational program.

Title 25, Section 2003 (Permits to carry concealed firearms)

This statute gives specific requirements that a person must meet to qualify for a permit for a concealed weapon, including age and restrictions on juvenile offenders as listed in Subsection 1, paragraph D, subparagraph 5, division c and c-1 and Subsection 2, paragraph A-1.