Charlotte, NC –-(Ammoland.com)- Today, the New Hampshire Senate considered House Bill 536, important permitless carry legislation. The Senate voted 19 to 5 to accept the Senate Judiciary Committee amendment.
Subsequently, by a 17 to 7 vote, the Senate voted to table HB 536. Senate action must be taken within the next two weeks on HB 536, as the Senate must act all House bills by Thursday, May 17!
Introduced by state Representative J.R. Hoell (R-13), this Right-to-Carry legislation would repeal the existing law that requires a person to have a concealed firearm license in order to carry concealed. However, HB 536 would not eliminate the current carry permitting system, which will still be required for those who wish to (1) participate in reciprocal concealed carry permit agreements when traveling to other states, (2) be protected in “gun-free school zones” and (3) be exempt from NICS when purchasing a firearm.
In New Hampshire, existing state law allows any citizen who can legally own/possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state. Since law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry a firearm openly without a permit, they should not become criminals just because they put on a jacket or place their firearm in their purse or briefcase. Law-abiding citizens do not suddenly turn into violent criminals just because they conceal their firearm. Additionally, HB 536 clarifies existing law concerning the sale of pistols and revolvers.
Please call AND e-mail your state Senator TODAY and ask for his or her SUPPORT for HB 536. Contact information or help identifying your state Senator can be found here.
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