New Hampshire Gun Laws
Open Carry: Unrestricted in most public areas Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer State Parks: Concealed handgun carry by recognized permittees and those exercising constitutional carry permitted Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No restrictions Firearms at Colleges: Schools individually decide the weapons policy. Firearms at K-12 Schools: New Hampshire permittee may have loaded gun in vehicle only. Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions Suppressor Ownership: Lawful Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: Handguns may be loaded and carried concealed or openly anywhere in a vehicle. Firearm Law Uniformity: Uniform throughout the state Permit Training Requirements: None Permit Issuing Authority: Local Police / Sheriff May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue State Website: link Length of Permit Validity: 5 years Permit Application Process: Local Police/Sheriff issue resident permits. Contact them for forms or print one from online. Take it to your
Police/Sheriff along with your State Photo Drivers License/ID. The process is simple and straight forward.
Cost is $10
Non-Resident Permits: The NH State Police issue non-resident permits Places Off Limits: I. No person shall knowingly carry a loaded or unloaded pistol, revolver, or firearm or any other deadly
weapon as defined in RSA 625:11, V, whether open or concealed or whether licensed or unlicensed, upon
the person or within any of the person's possessions owned or within the person's control in a courtroom or
area used by a court. Whoever violates the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a class B felony.
II. Firearms may be secured at the entrance to a courthouse by courthouse security personnel.
III. For purposes of paragraph I, "area used by a court" means:
(a) In a building dedicated exclusively to court use, the entire building exclusive of the area between the
entrance and the courthouse security.
(b) In any other building which includes a court facility, courtrooms, jury assembly rooms, deliberation
rooms, conference and interview rooms, the judge's chambers, other court staff facilities, holding facilities,
and corridors, stairways, waiting areas, and elevators directly connecting these rooms and facilities.
IV. The provisions of this section shall not apply to marshals, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, police or other duly
appointed or elected law enforcement officers, bailiffs and court security officers, or persons with prior
authorization of the court for the purpose of introducing weapons into evidence and as otherwise provided
for in RSA 159:5.
V. It shall be an affirmative defense to any prosecution under paragraph I that there was no notice of the
provisions of paragraph I posted in a conspicuous place at each public entrance to the court building.
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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