Crime & Public Safety


Should Governor Maggie Hassan veto HB 582, which would allow concealed carry without a permit?

May 08, 2016

On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Senate approved HB 582 14-10 along party lines. This bill would allow someone to legally carry a concealed gun without first acquiring a permit. While some would opt to apply for the permit, as it would allow them to conceal carry in states with which New Hampshire has an agreement, it would no longer be necessary for concealed carry in New Hampshire. Read more about this issue. 

"Should Governor Maggie Hassan veto HB 582, which would allow concealed carry without a permit?"

Constitutional Carry Veto NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 516 participants gave 2,289 responses.

A total of 80% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 20% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 2289 responses from 516 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 87%, opposed Governor Maggie Hassan vetoing HB 582.

  • “Making it more difficult for law abiding, responsible gun owners isn't going to make anyone safer.”
  • “It's time for her to stop putting her personal feelings ahead of the will of the people as expressed by their representatives and allow what the constitution provides as our right.”
  • “There are already laws against murder, rape, robbery, assault, threatening, kidnapping, and any of the other immoral ways that a bad person might choose to misuse a firearm. Carrying concealed is a victimless act and should not be infringed.”

Yes: A minority, at 13% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of Governor Maggie Hassan vetoing HB 582.

  • "If you want to play cowboy on your own property, I'm good with that. If you want to go out in public, you should have to have a permit of some kind to carry around a gun.”
  • “I can't tell the difference between a good guy with a gun and a bad guy with a gun.”
  • “The right to bear arms can in no way deny or disparage my right to personal safety. You want to feel all safe and sound snuggled up to your hand cannon? Fine, stay at home.”

Other: As noted above, 20% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Broadening the discussion to include related issues: “I think there should be a level of training before you are allowed to carry.”
  • Debating the relevance of the legislation itself: “It doesn’t matter because a criminal or person that shouldn't have a gun will get a gun and carry it and use it wherever, however he wants to. Gun laws only infringe upon the rights and use of guns by law abiding folks.”
  • Expressing concern at the logic behind the law: “Conceal carry permits are easy to obtain—I have one, for instance—and the process may (or may not) screen out crazies from getting one.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 582 (2015)
Bill Status: Vetoed by Governor
Hearing date: Feb 19, 2015

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