New Hampshire Concealed Carry Laws
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Are concealed carry permits available in the state of New Hampshire?
New Hampshire operates as a Shall Issue state to both residents and nonresidents of the state. However, New Hampshire does not honor any non-resident CCW permits or licenses from other states.
In order to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun, there is no permit necessary in New Hampshire. Firearms are also not registered officially with the state. You can freely own a rifle, shotgun, or handgun in New Hampshire without a license, but you do need a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun. However, you do not need a permit to carry a rifle or shotgun in New Hampshire.
Keep in mind that it is against the law to alter, remove, change, or obliterate the make, model, serial number, or another identification mark on a handgun in New Hampshire. If you do possess a handgun with any of these alterations, it is presumed by law that you have committed the offense.
Please note that residents of Vermont are the only people who will be approved for a New Hampshire concealed carry permit without another valid permit carried over from another state. Residents of Vermont must provide a written letter from their local police department or sheriff to endorse that they are of good character.
Where can I get a New Hampshire Concealed Carry Permit?
A New Hampshire concealed carry permit will be issued to all nonresidents directly through the New Hampshire State Police. As a resident, you can contact a local police agency near you in order to submit a Resident Pistol/Revolver License application.
After a CCW license has been issued, it will expire at midnight on the birth date of the license holder no less than four years from the date that it was issued. For an individual who was born on February 29, the expiration date will be March 2.
How do I apply for a license?
You can apply for a resident concealed carry permit in New Hampshire through the local police or sheriff. You can contact a local police department directly for an application form or print one online at the link below:
A nonresident can print a concealed carry application online from the link below:
Nonresidents can also contact the New Hampshire State Police directly at the address below:
Department of Safety
Division of State Police
Permits and Licensing Unit
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
After a concealed carry license application has been submitted, it will be approved or denied within 14 days. If an application is denied for any reason, the reason must be issued in writing and delivered to the rejected applicant within 14 days; a copy of the denial will be kept by the denying authority.
An applicant has the right to legally appeal a denial within 30 days through the District Court in the jurisdiction where they reside; a court hearing must be held within 14 days.
How much does the license cost?
It costs $10 for a resident CCW license and $100 for a nonresident CCW license in New Hampshire. In order to receive a new concealed carry license due to a change of address, the cost is a nonrefundable fee of $3.
Am I eligible for a Concealed Carry Permit in the state of New Hampshire?
In order to apply for a concealed carry license in New Hampshire, you must be considered a suitable person to hold a license with a good reason to carry a concealed weapon. This reason may include fearing injury to person or property, as well as for the purpose of self-defense, target shooting, and hunting.
Where can I carry a concealed weapon after receiving a license?
In New Hampshire, a valid concealed carry license is necessary to carry a loaded revolver or pistol when driving in a motor vehicle. Without a valid permit, all handguns must remain unloaded and carried in plain sight or in a contained gun case in the passenger compartment. Rifles and shotguns must be carried unloaded in a vehicle at all times.
There are several exceptions to the restrictions placed on carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle without a license. It is permitted when:
- Carrying to your home or place of business.
- Carrying as on-duty military personnel and law enforcement.
- Carrying as an organization authorized by law to receive or purchase firearms.
Additionally, it is against the law to carry a concealed weapon in a courtroom in New Hampshire.
Unlike many other states, New Hampshire does NOT operate as a Castle Doctrine state and does NOT have a stand-your-ground law. Open Carry in New Hampshire is unrestricted and is normally accepted under state law.
Most recently, local government officials in New Hampshire have attempted to further regulate concealed carry in the state, which undermines the principle of equal protection under the law for all people in the US. HB 536 legislation was passed in the State House to repeal an existing New Hampshire law that requires a person to hold a concealed firearm license in order to carry a concealed weapon.
This will allow eligible, law-abiding citizens in New Hampshire who can legally possess a firearm to carry it openly, unloaded and loaded, throughout the state.
New Hampshire state law does prevent localities and cities from enacting new laws to regulate firearms, ammunition, and supplies that do not conform to state law. A state municipality or political subdivision may not enact any rule, law, or ordinance to further regulate fishing, trapping, and hunting.
If you do not have a license to carry concealed and would like to bring your handgun with you to New Hampshire, the following restrictions apply:
- You are permitted to carry unloaded in your vehicle with ammunition separate from the firearm.
- You are permitted to carry loaded on your person if the weapon is completely exposed and is not concealed.
- You can carry concealed and unloaded on your person without any ammunition present.
- New Hampshire Nonresident CCW License Application
- New Hampshire Resident CCW License Application
- New Hampshire Handgun Laws
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