Loaded firearms on snowmobiles?

Nov 30, 2016

Rep. Mark Proulx is sponsoring a 2017 bill that would allow drivers to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun while on an ATV, snowmobile, boat, or other vehicle. Read more about this issue.


"Should NH allow carrying loaded firearms on snowmobiles?"

Guns on Snowmobiles NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 643 participants gave 1,299 responses.

A total of 91% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 9% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, 643 individuals contributed a total of 1,299 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A majority, at 93% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing citizens to carry loaded firearms on snowmobiles.

  • “Yes... snowmobiles are used off-road! Most of off-road areas are populated by animals, therefore YES.”
  • “Yes. You never know when your life, the lives of your loved ones or the lives of your fellow citizens could be in danger.”
  • “[You’re] out in the middle of nowhere. All alone. You need basic survival equipment- a gun is one of them.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 7%, opposed allowing citizens to carry loaded firearms on snowmobiles.

  • “No. It only increases the risk of more shootings.”
  • “Loaded firearms should not be carried on any type of motorized vehicle.”
  • “I know it's unfair to the responsible riders, but I've had a couple of run-ins with intoxicated drivers and the idea [that] one of them could have a loaded weapon is scary.”

Other: As noted above, 9% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. Most of these respondents expressed confusion about the current legal status of carrying firearms on snowmobiles:

  • “I have never heard [of] this. Can someone find any truth to this? If this is true can we still carry with clip out?”
  • “So basically if you have a CC [concealed carry license] you can carry a loaded pistol. If you don’t you can carry a pistol but it can’t be loaded.”
  • “I didn’t even know this was illegal to begin with. I’d expect this law out of Massachusetts, but not ‘live free or die’ New Hampshire.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 84 (2017)
Bill Status: Died in Conference Committee
Hearing date: Mar 28, 2017

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