BY: Citizens Count
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.
Supporters of the bill argue that states like Vermont have similar legislation and low crime rates. They also contend that local law enforcement officials use the process to delay and even prohibit citizens from receiving this license.
Opponents of the bill argue that police and town officials would lose all discretion in determining who should be permitted to carry a concealed weapon. Hassan has argued against similar legislation, saying that "NH's concealed carry permitting law has worked well for nearly a century" and that it helps to "ensure that potentially dangerous individuals are not allowed to carry hidden weapons."
UPDATE: Read our Citizen Voices℠ report and find out where New Hampshire stands on this issue.