State Gun Laws - New Hampshire - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here’s an overview of gun laws in the state of New Hampshire. Please note that laws can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most current and official sources or legal professionals for the most up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. New Hampshire does not require a permit or license to purchase rifles, shotguns, or handguns.

2. New Hampshire does not require a permit or license for the possession of firearms.

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. In New Hampshire, there is no requirement for a background check for private firearm sales or transfers.

2. Licensed firearms dealers are not required to conduct background checks for private sales unless the sale occurs at a gun show.

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. New Hampshire does not have a specific ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. New Hampshire does not have specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms, but it is generally recommended to store firearms in a safe and secure manner to prevent unauthorized access.

2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in New Hampshire, but it is advisable to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. New Hampshire is a “shall-issue” state for concealed carry permits. The state issues a license to carry a loaded concealed handgun to qualified applicants who meet the statutory requirements.

2. Open carry of firearms is generally allowed in New Hampshire without a permit, except in certain restricted areas such as schools, government buildings, and private property where firearms are prohibited.

Stand Your Ground Law:

1. New Hampshire has a Stand Your Ground law, which allows individuals to use force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it is necessary to protect themselves or others from imminent harm or the commission of a violent crime.

It’s important to consult the official New Hampshire state statutes or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of New Hampshire’s gun laws.