Maine’s New Constitutional Carry Bill Appears to Include Non Residents

Maine Governor Paul LePage with his State Concealed Carry License which is now optional in the state.
Maine Governor Paul LePage with his State Concealed Carry License which is now optional in the state.
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Covington VA –-( The Maine Governor has signed a Constitutional Carry bill into law, meaning Virginians won’t need a Maine permit to carry concealed when visiting Maine!

I have looked at the wording of the new law and, contrary to the article below, it DOES appear to apply to non-residents.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As I understand it, the new law won’t become effective until sometime in October 2015, so DO NOT carry concealed in Maine for the time being. Once a firm effective date is set, I’ll let everyone know.

Virginia Citizens Defense League has supported Constitutional Carry here in Virginia for years. We plan to make it a top priority in 2016, with a bill already lined up to do so.

Here is a link to an article on the law – ignore the mention of only applying to residents:


Here is a link to the new law:


Congratulations to the gun-rights groups in Maine for a great victory!

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit:

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Either all laws apply equally to all citizens or NONE. The second amendment CLEARLY states the PEOPLE have the right to keep AND bear arms. There is NO caveat for the communist inclined idiots to regulate ANY of our rights but especially our right to bear arms.


I agree. I congratulate Maine for their Constitutional support. Here in Maryland, the Free State, our UNALIENABLE RIGHTS have been stomped on by the DemocRATic regime for YEARS. We have elected a Republican Governor finally. I hope he will allow Marylanders the Constitutional RIGHTS to be exercised. As of now, One must pay the tune of $150 to $280 just to obtain a “Handgun Qualification License” just to have the PRIVILEDGE to purchase a handgun or an AR15(heavy barrel). Then you must pass the Maryland State Polices’ investigation (12 different pieces of information – even unlocking your juvenile court records… Read more »


The problem is the gun-grabbing liberal d bags think they are above the law and 2A means nothing to them ! A CCW should be like a driver license,valid in any state where you have a firearm,..period ! This war over law-abiding firearms owners and the liberal trash distain for our constitution freedoms is one they will lose and lose big time ! (As they already are) the dumbasses are just too stupid to realize that fact !

Chuck Westing

Thank you so much for raising this issue! It has annoyed me to no end to see headlines and stories assuming and implying that permitless concealed carry (constitutional carry) will be available only to Maine residents. It is my view that residents of states other than Maine also will be able to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, while in Maine. Kudos to the Maine legislators who stood up for freedom (Brakey and many others) and to Lepage for signing this important piece of legislation! I grew up in Maine and have recently been renewing my ties and purchased… Read more »