Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an NRA-backed concealed carry reform bill, Senate Bill 116, by a 3-1 vote. SB 116 will now head to the Senate floor for an expected vote next week.
Sponsored by Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3), SB 116 makes various pro-gun reforms including repealing the existing law requiring a person to have a concealed firearm license in order to carry concealed (permitless carry), increasing the length of time a license to carry is valid, and directing the State Police to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states to recognize their licenses.
While SB 116 would repeal the requirement to obtain a concealed firearm license in order to carry concealed, the current carry permitting system will be left intact for those who wish to participate in reciprocal concealed carry permit agreements when traveling to other states.
In New Hampshire, existing state law recognizes the right of 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 can 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 violent criminals just because they choose to conceal their firearm.
Please begin contacting your state Senator and urging him or her to vote in support of SB 116 when it comes before them next week.
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