New Hampshire : Constitutional Carry Legislative Update Jan. 2017

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New Hampshire Firearms Coalition
New Hampshire Firearms Coalition

New Hampshire –-( The calendar has turned to 2017 and the New Hampshire General Court is back in session. New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is working very hard to pass Constitutional Carry this year.

I want to give you a quick legislative update so you know what the Board Members are doing and what you can do to help.

Yesterday, I attended and testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing for SB 12, Constitutional Carry on behalf of both NHFC and our partners at Gun Owners of America. This is a simple bill that merely says, if a person is lawfully allowed to possess a firearm than that same person may carry a concealed handgun without any sort of permit or license. SB 12 has 13 Senators and 5 Representatives as co-sponsors. It accomplishes this goal by repealing R.S.A. 159:4, Carrying without a license.

I am happy to report that the Judiciary Committee voted the bill “ought to pass” on a 3-2 vote.

The bill now moves to the full Senate where it may be considered as early as next week. Please call or email your Senators and politely ask them to vote SB 12 “ought to pass” without any amendments or changes. Click here for contact information on all Senators.

Please remember to be polite but firm when you ask Senators to support SB 12. Some talking points include the fact that Vermont has never required a license or permit to carry a firearm and in 2015, Maine removed it's permit requirement. All 3 Northern New England states are consistently ranked as 3 of the safest places to live, work and play. It makes logical sense for New Hampshire to follow the lead of our neighbors and 8 other states and remove an onerous, unconstitutional requirement that has racism as its roots.

Current New Hampshire law allows people to openly carry a firearm without any sort of license. SB 12 extends this logic to concealed carry. A person should not become a criminal for putting on a coat or getting into a car.

Please also remind Senators that there are several documented cases of people who are lawfully allowed to own a firearm who were denied a Pistol / Revolver license. SB 12 will stop this abuse by removing the requirement to obtain a license and making it clear that for anyone who would like a license for purposes of reciprocity in the 27 states that currently honor the New Hampshire license, SB 12 changes the law to read “… unless the applicant is prohibited by New Hampshire or federal statute from possessing a firearm.” These simple words do away with the 94 year old “suitable person” language that has been abused to deny qualified people licenses.

Please remember to be polite but firm when you contact State Senators.

Thanks for your support.

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC
About New Hampshire Firearms Coalition:
The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is New Hampshire’s only No Compromise Gun Rights Organization. While many so-called “gun rights groups” work to curry favor with politicians and the media, NHFC is working aggressively to hold politicians accountable and to put a stop to gun control. Visit:

  • 4 thoughts on “New Hampshire : Constitutional Carry Legislative Update Jan. 2017

    1. It should be law now in NH. Is it? It passed the house on the 9th. When did it get to the Governors desk? He has 5 working days to sign or veto. If he does nothing it is supposed to become law.

      Should be law now.

    2. Should talk to your state police to stop denying people firearms purchases. I had no problem buying handguns in anti gun Massachusetts but because I have a misdemeanor with possible jail of one year I was denied a purchase in NH. The federal law states if it’s punishable by more than a year I would be prohibited. I thought I moved to a gun friendly state

    3. Where I think everybody is missing the boat is-1st of all and most important is who is and who is not a person who can legally have a gun?? There should be just 1 set of rules that apply to every person who is in the U.S. either as a citizen or legal immigrant! I am 60 years old and a natural citizen. I had my LTC to carry from age 25- 42! Then because of a law created in Mass. in 1998 I became a “prohibited person” because of a misd. conviction I received as a teenager in 1975! I could move to a number of different states and have it with no problem as there state laws allow for something like this after so many years of incident free behavior. What I am trying to say is that we should all be on the same page.

    4. I hope with the new year that the supreme court gets there shit together and start to adhere to the constitution and tell these states they are out of compliance. I also hope that our new President will also tell these same states that is they do not comply with the constitution they will get fined and lose a lot of there federal money until they comply. It is about time that our public workers start working for the people and not for there own agenda. When they are discovered they need to be fired, impeached, or in general gotten rid of. They also should lose there pensions and any benefits they have. If it was us that would be what would happen, but no government idiots don’t have the balls to tell and block any of these terms.

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