Concealed carry without a permit?

Feb 01, 2017

A bill to eliminate the permit requirement in order to carry a concealed firearm, SB 12, is up for a vote in the New Hampshire House on February 9th. The bill already passed the Senate. Currently, firearms owners in New Hampshire who wish to concealed carry their weapons must apply for a permit from their local police department. Read the rules here. The permit costs $10 and is valid for 4 years. There is some debate over the degree of discretion law enforcement officials may legally exercise in determining who qualifies to carry concealed. Read more about this issue here. 

"Should NH allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit?"

Concealed Carry Permit New Hampshire Citizen Voices chart

Participation: 608 participants gave 1,287 responses.

A total of 97% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 3% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 608 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,287 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said

Yes: A majority, at 87% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit.

  • “This is the live free or die state. There should be no restrictions however minor to the carrying of arms.”
  • “Although I am a permit holder, I would still like to see this bill pass into law... Our neighbors Maine and Vermont have constitutional carry and it's long overdue we do the same.”
  • “Why do law abiding citizens need permission to exercise their constitutional rights? The burden should be upon the criminals.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 13%, were opposed to allowing residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit.

  • “Everyone should be required to have a permit and safety training.”
  • “Do we really want all the crazy people out there running around with guns in their pockets?”
  • “I don't think this is a safe idea at all.”

Other: As noted above, 3% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Gun safety: “Get your finger off the trigger unless you’re shooting.”
  • Other policy suggestions:  “If you require ‘classes’ that's tantamount to requiring a permit.”
  • Clarifying current policy: “[Gun ownership] is legal with or without the permit. The permit allows you to hide the gun.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

SB 12 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Feb 01, 2017

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