Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed NRA-backed Right-to-Carry reform legislation by a 212-150 vote. As previously reported, Senate Bill 116 (Bradley-3), is critical pro-gun legislation that 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.
Senate Bill 116 will now go back to the Senate for an expected concurrence vote on the House amendments, then on to Governor Maggie Hassan where a veto is expected. Please contact the Governor TODAY and ask her to reconsider her position on this critical legislation.
Governor Maggie Hassan: