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New Hampshire: Right to Carry Reform Legislation Passes State Senate, Heads to House of Representatives

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Hampshire: Right to Carry Reform Legislation Passes State Senate, Heads to House of Representatives

Contact your state Representative(s) TODAY in support of Senate Bill 116

Today, the New Hampshire Senate passed NRA-backed Right to Carry reform legislation by a 14-9 vote.  Sponsored by Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3), this important piece of legislation would expand your Second Amendment rights in the Granite State by:

  • 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.
  • Directing the State Police to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states to recognize their licenses.
  • Leaving the current carry permitting system 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. 

SB 116 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for committee referral.  Please contact your state Representative(s) today and urge them to vote in support of Senate Bill 116, an important and necessary update to New Hampshire firearm laws.

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