new hampshire constitutional carry

New Hampshire is inching toward becoming the 12th state in the country to allow full constitutional carry after a bill calling for it was successfully voted out of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in a 12-8 vote earlier this week.

According to, Senate Bill 12, sponsored by Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-3), would do away with the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver in The Granite State. If you still want to obtain a license, this law works in your favor by increasing the amount of time that the license is valid.

New Hampshire currently allows permitless open carry.

Former New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan twice vetoed constitutional carry bills when they reached her desk, but current Governor Chris Sununu recently expressed support for this latest measure after it was voted out of a Senate committee last week.

“I am pleased that the state Senate today voted to advance common sense legislation in support of a citizen’s fundamental right to carry a firearm, joining neighboring states throughout the region and across the country,” Hassan said.

The constitutional carry bill now heads to the House floor for a full vote, where it’ll likely pass.

The 11 states that allow full constitutional carry are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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