December 23, 2012

Rules mostly affect minors, concealed weapons

By Jessica Hall
Staff Writer

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It is legal to possess a machine gun that is legally registered and possessed in compliance with all federal laws.

It is illegal to hunt with or possess an automatic firearm while hunting.

Federal law requires machine guns to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Only automatic weapons manufactured and registered with the federal government before 1986 can be bought, owned and sold.

Individuals must get prior ATF approval when transferring machine guns to another owner

Machine guns cannot cross state lines without ATF approval.

Anyone acquiring a machine gun must pass a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background investigation. 


A person is guilty of a criminal offense if he/she alters, removes or obscures the manufacturer's serial number or any other distinguishing identification number or mark on a firearm.

It is illegal to discharge a firearm within 100 yards of a residential dwelling without the permission of the owner or an adult occupant of the home. 


It is illegal to hunt with an auto-loading firearm having a magazine capacity of more than five cartridges.

It is illegal to hunt with a silencer, tracer bullets, exploding bullets.

It is illegal to hunt migratory game birds with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, unless the gun is modified to only allow three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

A person under the age of 10 years of age is not eligible for a hunting license.

It is against the law to allow a junior hunter (under the age of 16) to hunt without that hunter's parent or guardian, or a person at least 18 years of age approved by that hunter's parent or guardian who either holds a valid Maine hunting license or has successfully completed an approved hunter safety course.

A hunter who is 16 years of age and who is hunting with a junior hunting license must complete a hunter safety course prior to hunting without the adult supervision.

SOURCE: The NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

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