Open carry in NH

Aug 09, 2018
open carry

In New Hampshire it is generally legal to carry a handgun openly or concealed without a license. However, there are some restrictions on open carry.

Open carry in schools

Federal law bans firearms on school property. However, there is an exception for licensed gun owners. In New Hampshire, gun owners can apply for a concealed carry license for that purpose.

State law does not allow towns to ban firearms on school grounds or other public property, although some towns have nonetheless passed ordinances to that effect.

Guns on campus?

Feb 21, 2018
firearms on campus

On Thursday, February 22 the New Hampshire House will vote on a bill that would force state colleges to allow concealed firearms on campus.

About guns on campus

Right now the university system has a rule that bans firearms on campus. Students that own a firearm must store the gun with campus police.

Bill to eliminate concealed carry permit up for House vote

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.

Should NH continue to allow carrying firearms at polling places?

Jan 11, 2017

HB 350, a bill sponsored by Rep. Wayne Burton, would make it illegal to carry a firearm into a polling place during a federal or local election. The law would apply to both loaded and unloaded weapons, whether carried openly or concealed.

Debate over “no weapons” sign

Aug 22, 2016

State Rep. Ed Comeau is protesting a plan to post signs in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.  The signs read:

You are on school property
Alcohol prohibited
Drugs prohibited
No smoking or vaping
No weapons

Hassan vetoes lesser-known gun rights bill

Jun 17, 2016

This year many gun rights advocates lobbied Gov. Maggie Hassan over HB 582, a bill that would allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a license.  Hassan vetoed that bill, and on June 16 the House of Representatives sustained her veto.

Court eases gun rules for out-of-staters

Jun 06, 2016

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that out-of-staters do not need permission from their home states to obtain concealed carry permits in New Hampshire.

In July 2013 the New Hampshire Department of Safety implemented new concealed carry rules that required nonresidents to show proof of a license to carry in their home state.

Gov. Hassan likely to veto constitutional carry bill

May 06, 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.

Senate to vote on Nat’l Guard gun policy

Apr 19, 2016

On Thursday, April 21 the New Hampshire Senate will vote on HB 1288, a bill that would require the National Guard to allow members to carry concealed weapons at National Guard facilities.

Bill supporters point to the 2015 terrorist attack on military recruitment centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee as evidence in support of concealed carry at National Guard facilities.

Remove discretion from concealed carry?

Mar 23, 2016

On Thursday, March 24 the Senate will vote on a bill that would remove any discretion from local police chiefs issuing concealed carry licenses.

Under current law, police chiefs must issue concealed carry permits to any “suitable” applicants.  Senate Bill 336, as amended, would instead require police chiefs to issue a permit so long as the applicant is not prohibited from possessing a firearm by state or federal law.

The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police oppose the bill because they argue there are gray areas that benefit from police discretion.


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