House Bill 536, important permitless carry legislation, was recently amended and passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 4 to 1 vote. HB 536, which already passed in the state House by a 193 to 122 vote on January 5, is scheduled for consideration by the state Senate on Wednesday, May 2.
Introduced by state Representative J.R. Hoell (R-13), this Right-to-Carry legislation would repeal the existing law that requires a person to have a concealed firearm license in order to carry concealed. However, HB 536 would not eliminate the current carry permitting system, which will still be required for those who wish to participate in reciprocal concealed carry permit agreements when traveling to other states.
In New Hampshire, existing law allows any citizen who can legally own/possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state. Since law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry a firearm openly without a permit, they should not become criminals just because they put on a jacket or place their firearm in their purse or briefcase. Law-abiding citizens do not suddenly turn into criminals just because they conceal their firearm. Additionally, HB 536 clarifies existing law concerning the sale of pistols and revolvers.
Please call AND e-mail your state Senator TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to SUPPORT HB 536. Contact information or help identifying your state Senator can be found here.