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.

Where do candidates stand on gun laws?

Apr 02, 2018
congressional election gun laws

In light of the current debate over gun laws, particularly as they relate to school violence, here is a summary of where all the New Hampshire congressional candidates stand on gun laws.  Click on any name to see our full profile of that candidate.

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.

NH ranks 13th for fewest firearm deaths

Jan 17, 2018

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Hampshire has the 13th lowest firearm death rate in the U.S.

There were 132 firearm-related deaths in New Hampshire in 2016, a rate of 9.3 per 100,000 population.

All of New England has a low firearm death rate. Massachusetts has the lowest rate, 3.4 deaths per 100,000 population. Rhode Island came in second (3.1), Connecticut came in fifth (4.6), Maine came in ninth (8.3), and Vermont came in fifteenth (11.1).

Do you support legislation that explicitly prohibits cities and towns from passing their own gun regulations, and imposes penalties on local officials who knowingly violate state law by passing a gun ordinance?

Jan 04, 2018
local gun laws

In 2018, lawmakers will consider HB 1749. This bill would:

  • reinforce the state’s authority over municipalities to prohibit or regulate firearms and other weapons
  • render null and void any local ordinances prohibiting or regulating weapons
  • impose penalties for local government officials and entities who make such ordinances in violation of state law

Current law for town bans on guns

Should NH guarantee the right of gun owners to carry their weapons while outdoors on state college or university campuses?

Jan 03, 2018
guns on campus

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brian Stone (R-Northwood) would prevent public colleges and universities in New Hampshire from passing restrictions on carrying firearms outdoors on campus grounds.

According to Rep. Stone, the bill is in the process of being amended to specifically ban prohibitions on concealed carrying of pistols and revolvers. The amended text will also prohibit restrictions on concealed carrying of pistols and revolvers indoors while on campus. 

Should NH users of medicinal pot be asked to voluntarily surrender their guns?

Dec 19, 2017
medical marijuana and guns

Honolulu’s police department recently sent letters to registered medicinal pot users, stating they had 30 days to voluntarily turn in their guns—that is, until public outcry prompted a review and ultimate reversal of the policy.

Do you believe that having more armed citizens would help prevent mass shootings?

Nov 07, 2017

The recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas has again brought the gun control debate front and center. As local politicians have expressed their condolences, some have also taken the opportunity to call for more widespread gun legislation. New Hampshire’s US Senator Maggie Hassan said, “As we mourn for the victims we must also finally take action to prevent these senseless acts of gun violence.”

In light of Vegas shooting, stricter gun laws?

Oct 05, 2017
gun laws

The mass shooting in Las Vegas this week has prompted gun control advocates to call for stricter laws on the sale and possession of firearms.

Most of these proposals are at the federal level. For example, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is sponsoring a federal bill "to close a loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons." 

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