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New Hampshire Gun Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Apr 2015 11:45 AM

It is no secret that New Hampshire is home to some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation. New Hampshire gun laws have made the state a virtual paradise for gun owners. When compared to what other states have done in addressing gun control, New Hampshire has adopted a radically different approach to whole issue.

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New Hampshire added an amendment to its own state constitution in 1982 that protects the right of state residents to own and carry guns. The amendment reads “All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.”

New Hampshire Public Radio characterizes the amendment as an extension of the political philosophy found among both Republicans and Democrats in the state. Both major parties make an effort to limit government intrusion into the private lives of regular law-abiding citizens in many areas, including gun legislation.

Fresh evidence of this can be seen in the New Hampshire State Legislature’s recent decision to repeal the license requirement for carrying a handgun. The Union Leader reported that the measure passed with a 14-9 vote in mid-February 2015. If it becomes law, New Hampshire will become just the fifth state to recognize that gun owners have a constitutional right to carry a handgun, both openly or concealed, without a permit.

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Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and Vermont are the only other states nationally that have constitutional carry provisions in their gun laws. Most other states use shall issue or may issue provisions for concealed carry permits. All 50 states have passed laws allowing citizens to carry certain concealed firearms in public, usually after obtaining a permit.

New Hampshire allowed open carry, but required a permit for concealed carry from 1923 until that requirement was struck down in February. The Granite State already does not require a permit for purchasing a firearm. It also does not require a weapon to be registered and has no bans on assault weapons in place.

Allowing constitutional carry has some New Hampshire law enforcement officials concerned that it could lead to a spike in violent crime. Supporters of the measure noted that Vermont, which has allowed constitutional carry for more than 200 years, has the lowest violent crime rate of any state nationwide.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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