New Hampshire Constitutional Carry Bill Signed Into Law

Governor Chris Sununu signed Constitutional Carry into law for the state of New Hampshire
Governor Chris Sununu signed Constitutional Carry into law for the state of New Hampshire
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -( Today, in a private signing ceremony, Governor Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 12 ( Constitutional / Permitless Carry ) into law.

Similar legislation had been vetoed by former Governor Maggie Hassan for two years in a row, but thanks to your active involvement, law-abiding gun owners will now be able to carry their firearms without a required permit in the state of New Hampshire!

 This law goes into effect immediately.  Please take the time to thank your state legislators for passing this important legislation and Governor Sununu for signing it into law.  

Sponsored by Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3), SB 12 will repeal the license requirement to carry a concealed pistol or revolver, unless a person is otherwise prohibited.  For those who choose to obtain licenses, SB 12 will also increase the length of time in which a license is valid from four years to five years.

In New Hampshire, existing state law recognizes the right of any citizen who can legally own and possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state not prohibited by law.  However, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for protection in her purse, he or she would have needed a concealed carry handgun license.

The new law will extend permitless open carry to permitless concealed carry, allowing law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves and their loved ones in the manner that best suits their needs.


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An FYI to those asking about the law … The bill that was passed (SB 12) deleted the existing law (RSA 159:4) that prohibited carrying concealed or “in a vehicle” without a license. It did not keep the prohibition and grant exceptions to it, which is what some other states have done – it simply repealed the prohibition outright. Therefore, there’s no residency requirement or anything of that sort. As Erik mentioned in a reply to Ray, the law is not 100% perfect, as different sections of code require a permit for carrying on a snowmobile or ATV (there’s an… Read more »

Ellen Jareckie

I live in Vermont (I legally carry here) and have the same question that Ray McCormick has. I wonder if I can also carry in NH and in ME, or if I have to proceed differently when entering those states with a handgun.


From what I understand the largest difference in the laws is that in Maine you are required to inform a police officer that you have a concealed weapon upon a routine stop. I do not believe that you are required to in NH or Vermont.


Does this 2nd amendment protection also apply to legal gun owners visiting New Hampshire who happen to be Maine and Vermont residents?
Ray McCormack


That’s the question I would like answered. Do you have to be a N.H. resident for this to apply? Will N.H. now reconcile all carry permits from other states? I live in the people’s Republic of taxachussetts and have a carry permit there that N.H. did not reconize. I wonder if that will change?


any legal resident of the United States allowed by federal law to own firearms may carry concealed loaded on their person or in a vehicle. We are also now a “must issue state for permits” Pistol/Revolver license allows to carry on ATV and snowmobiles, schools, and for reciprocity with other states. Like Maine and Vermont…but only Maine requires you to immediately tell law enforcement during an encounter that you are carrying.

Stuart MacArthur

Thank you to the state legislature for confirmation our rights as AMERICANS


Only little bitches need guns. Bunch of fucking pansies