NEW HAMPSHIRE GUN LAWS

New Hampshire CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

New Hampshire Pistol License

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Give the names and addresses of three references.
  • Provide your drivers license number
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

Permit Information


New Hampshire gun laws operate on an Unrestricted" and “Shall Issue” policy, the later being used for reciprocity. There are no laws restricting the age at which a person can carry firearms. A licence is not required to open or conceal carry. For those that require a permit there are separate forms for residents and non-residents. Residents apply to the county sheriff’s office and non-residents to the State Department of Justice.

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Concealed Carry License

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Policy

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New Hampshire Reciprocity Map

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New Hampshire CCW license recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state


New Hampshire Reciprocity List

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STATES
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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

NON-RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

You must be a resident of the state they honor for your permit to be valid in New Hampshire

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California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C. Wisconsin

New Hampshire Permit Forms

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Permitless Carry


Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.

New Hampshire Places Off-Limits

Places Off-Limits

Title 12 § 159:19 Courtroom Security

Places you can carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state except those in the Off-Limits section

New Hampshire Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by The Department of Public Safety through the local Police/Sheriff for residents and New Hampshire State Police for non-residents.
14 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 14 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in New Hampshire gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. We always recommend that you carry photo ID, at all times during which you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun. Although that is not a legal requirement in New Hampshire.
NO
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in New Hampshire gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a License.
There are no restrictions on vehicle carry. A lot of info on the web regarding vehicle carry pre-dates the new 2017 laws. Below is the latest law that clearly says you can carry in a vehicle.

159:6 License to Carry.
III. The availability of a license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver under this section or under any other provision of law shall not be construed to impose a prohibition on the unlicensed transport or carry of a firearm in a vehicle, or on or about one’s person, whether openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded, by a resident, nonresident, or alien if that individual is not otherwise prohibited by statute from possessing a firearm in the state of New Hampshire.

YES – Without a Permit/License
Open or concealed carry without a permit/license in New Hampshire is legal.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
YES
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

New Hampshire Contacts

New Hampshire State Police

New Permits and Licensing Unit

Hours


Monday – Friday 8:15am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 33 Hazen Drive

CityConcord, NH 03305

Phone (603) 223-3873

Email PermitsandLicensing@dos.nh.gov

 

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Comments

  1. I have to convey my respect for your kindness for all those that require guidance on this one field. Your amazing insightful information entails much to me and my peers. Thanks a ton, from all of us.

  2. Does anyone know if you are allowed to open carry a long rifle in the state of New Hampshire? I have been trying to find the laws on long rifles in NH but camt seem to find any.

    1. your NH reciprocity map is INCORRECT! Maine honors NH CCW licenses

      bad info is useless info and leads to impeachment of your organization’s credibility on ANY OTHER POINT OF INFO YOU OFFER

      SO…………………………………………..IF YOU’RE READING THIS ………………..DON’T BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU READ HERE AS IT MAY BE INCCORECT

  3. I have a cc permit and am a nh resident can you carry at an event in a hotel ?

  4. Pistol permit no longer need for concealment or open carry, except if residents want reciprocated privilege and if you come within 1000 feet or pass through a school zone. This subject to change if any NH legislation becomes law?

  5. Page needs update. New Hampshire concealed carry permits (although not required, but still issued for reciprocity reasons) are valid for 5 YEARS. Not four. The law was updated in 2017.

  6. Knowing that you can carry in state parks is really helpful. People who want to make sure that they are honoring the rules that laws put in place is helpful. An uncle of mine that is thinking about getting a permit might want to know this for his area.

    1. If he lives in NH, and doesn’t plan to cross another state border with it then no need! We just switched from a permit conceal (10 years valid, $15 to local police and quick background check) to a permit less state. So no matter where he is in the state he is golden. If he wants to jump to a state with the reciprocity laws (a state that recognizes/accepts NH), but they require permit then that’s when he should get one. We are surrounded though! So, really, he would need to fly with the pistol to get to one of the reciprocity states with permit lol.

  7. I was given a firearm as a gift. Do I need to re-register it under my name to prove that it is mine. What is the correct order of operation for something like this?

    1. If you are in NH there is NO registration for firearms and no paperwork for private sale or gifts

    2. Not in new Hampshire there is no register in NH you just get a gun and carry it it is recommended to take a fire arms course but not required as long as you are able to own it you can carry it or conceal it no permits

  8. Can someone tell me if I’m a resident of and permitted to carry in NH but don’t have a current CC permit because mine has lapsed but now I don’t need one, if I would need a physical permit to carry in a state with reciprocity with NH? Sorry for the long sentence.

      1. If you plan to carry in another state that honors NH, get your permit it is only $10

    1. No NH does not require a permit of any kind you can carry concealed or open

  9. Guns are going to be banned in schools and statehouses soon I’m pretty sure, am I wrong? I feel like there should be a permit for having a CCW in places like schools which requires extensive background checks because if someone shoots up the place at least someone can fight back.

    1. It’s required by federal law that if you are 1000 feet or closer to a school you need to have a conceal carry permit issued by a police dept that conducted a background check within the state .

    2. Guns are not allowed on in the House right now, that flip flops depending on whose in control. Comments from the Speaker of the House have been that they will not arrest you for violating this. They’ll just ask you to leave and bring yourself in order with the rules. So that sounds like the same general line of legal logic as private businesses that ban carry. You cannot be arrested for carrying on the grounds, but you can be asked to leave. If you refuse to leave, you can be arrested for trespassing. To be honest, I think that’s an awesome balance of property rights and the personal right to carry.

      As far as schools, you need a concealed carry permit as it stands right now. That’s due to Federal law, not State. The NH legislature is currently debating two bills. One would make it a misdemeanor to carry in public school zones (period). The other would leave the rules up to the individual districts.

  10. Can someone from out of state buy a long gun? What is needed to walk out same day with one? Thank you!

    1. Ya. NH is very laid back with their gun laws. The problem is both Maine and Massachusetts are very strict typically. As a NH resident we have a weird rule that allows us to buy guns in Maine at Kittery Trading Post, and they have a transfer station on the border in NH (an old Uhaul building lol). So this is a weird exception that allows a NH resident to buy in Maine. Otherwise you nees to use a transfer agent from one FFL to another, and that costs money.

      So if an out of state resident wants to buy in NH then have at it with no issues. Same day after the place you buy calls in the background check (30 min – 2 hrs.). Your problem will be (if driving) trying to keep out of MA and ME where Rt. 95 cuts through MA very quickly. Plan your route ahead of time! Seriously, if your caught crossing MA with a gun (and no NON RES hunting license) then its automatic mandatory jail time! I duck hunt in MA so can cross during the season with my shotgun unloaded. Otherwise no dice!

      1. It isn’t a rule, KTP has establishments in both states so they have FFLs in both and you take possession in NH which is no different than if you bought at a online store and had it sent to your local FFL dealer.

  11. NH does no longer require toobtain a CCW permet. Is this correct ?

  12. I had to discharge my firearm as a warning shot at an attacker that was on my property no one was injured cops were called and had arrested my attacker but the cops took my gun for papper work they told me my question is is that the real reason they took my gun and can I get it back ?

    1. Yes, they likely took it for evidence as the guy gets charged, so once the investigation is over you should get it back.

    2. “Warning shot,” being a key problem with this post. Warning shots are illegal. It’s not illegal to miss, albeit you’re responsible for the round… but warning shots are a deliberate miss. It’s the legal equivalent of saying, “I decided to take a random shot without a target.”

      Now I’m not saying that there aren’t safe ways to do something like that, but I am saying that it’s not technically legal.

  13. I checked with the North Hampton Pa. Sheriff’s Department and they told me that N.H. non resident CCW permits are not valid in Pa. The map here shows they are, this is probably also the case with other states, be careful.

    1. Author

      Thanks for letting us know, that was definitely an error and we have corrected it.

  14. The above indicates a non-resident requirement is to be fingerprinted by your resident State Police Department. I’m somewhat confused as there appears to be no such requirement since new legislation was passed in late 2017. There is no mention of it on NH’s Div of State Police website and I found the following “In addition, “[n]o photograph or fingerprint shall be required or used as a basis to grant, deny, or renew a license to carry for a resident or non-resident, unless requested by the applicant.” on other websites including anti-2A websites. Please advise.

    1. Author

      Even though NH changed to a permitless state the application process for a CCW permit did not change. You are correct in that they do not mention fingerprints so we have removed that. As we are not from that state we are not a 100% sure about that, hopefully some one can update us on that requirement. Yes we are a bit confused too, you still need to give them a drivers license number on the application form and three references but it does not say anything about a photo being taken.
      Lastly this page is due for a complete redesign and update in the coming months.

      1. There is NO fingerprint requirement. You do need to put your driver’s license number on the application, and there is NO picture requirement. (I have a non-resident permit)

      2. I am a New Hampshire resident on active duty in MD, but I live southern PA. I obtained my CCW in NH earlier this year because it is recognized in PA. There is NO fingerprinting or photographing. I simply mailed in my application to the Manchester PD. Allowed for processing (about two weeks but can be quicker since permits aren’t required in NH). I went on leave to NH, went to the PD with my license and the $10. Walked out five minutes later. Pretty simple in the Live Free or Die state.

  15. Since NH allows permitless carry shouldn’t it just honor any other state’s permit? In my case I have a a CT resident permit

    1. CT doesn’t honor NH permits. However, NH does honor 26 other states. I don’t believe NH honors Missouri, Vermont and Kansas permits, but they honor ours. I’m curious, when conservatives visit liberal states, they mind their business and probably do a lot of head shaking. But when liberals visit conservative states, they pick it apart and try to make them liberal. Why is that? My house, my rules. Your house, your rules. If I can’t accept your rules, I wouldn’t go to your house. If you can’t accept my rules, you keep coming back, each time trying to change my rules into yours. Quite frankly, it sucks. If you just want your rules, stay home. If we could compromise, both of us give and both of us take. Now that would be decent and fair, wouldn’t you agree?

      1. Tracy, NH honors Vermont’s Constitutional Carry as it is the same as NH.

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