|The differences between Maine and Federal law make firearm possession laws confusing—consult an attorney to know your rights under both laws.|
Maine law prohibits a person convicted of an offense in any jurisdiction that is punishable by a sentence of one year or more from possessing a firearm. It's important to note that it doesn't matter if the person received a sentence of just one day; if their conviction could have resulted in a sentence of more than one year, the prohibition still applies.
Federal law is very similar, in that it too prohibits someone with a conviction of an offense punishable by more than one year from possessing a firearm. Federal law also extends the prohibition to any person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence — violation is subject to a sentence of not more than ten years.
The differences in Maine and Federal law mean that the laws affecting firearm possession can be very confusing. It's important to know your rights under both sets of laws.