Since February 2017 New Hampshire is a constitutional carry state, and open carry or concealed carry of guns is legal with or without a permit. New Hampshire still issues licenses for the purpose of reciprocity. New Hampshire carry licenses cover only handguns (pistols and revolvers) but not other weapons. New Hampshire does not have an age limit to own or carry firearms. The mayor, selectmen or local police departments may issue permits. New Hampshire is a “Shall Issue” state and operates on an “Unrestricted” capacity. New Hampshire issues license for residents and non-residents. New Hampshire, along with other states uses the “permitless carry” rule where if you are legally able to own a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states. New Hampshire takes the “Live Free or Die” motto on their license plates seriously, and their gun laws reflect the same level of limited government involvement that citizens want. Currently, there are 89,084 active permits in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: allowed in, state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
These twenty-nine states honor a New Hampshire gun permit for residents
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, and Wyoming.
These states honor a New Hampshire gun permit for non-residents:
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, and Wyoming.
You must be a resident of one of the following twenty-six states for New Hampshire to honor your permit:
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, and Wyoming.
There are twenty-one states that do not allow a New Hampshire gun permit and they are:
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., and Wisconsin.
New Hampshire is an “Unrestricted” state and does not require permits for open or concealed carry. However, the local police will issue them to residents and non-residents for reciprocity purposes. There is no minimum age at which you can carry firearms in New Hampshire. A permit to carry costs $10 and lasts four years. The only places you cannot carry in New Hampshire are courtrooms and any federally stipulated “off limits” areas. You can legally carry a gun in your vehicle, state parks, wildlife preserves and most other areas of the state. You can also carry in restaurants and places that serve alcohol. You do not need to notify any officers if you are carrying and you do not have to obey “no weapons” signs.
To apply for a concealed carry license in New Hampshire, you need to be eighteen years old. You need to provide three references and your driver’s license number. Other than that, it’s pretty easy to get a permit in New Hampshire. You can visit your local police station or contact the state police to drop off your application. A New Hampshire concealed carry permit costs $10 for a resident and $100 for a non-resident. You must renew your permit 30 days before the other one expires.
New Hampshire has chosen to be a partial “point of contact” so the New Hampshire Department of Safety (“DOS”) is not required to perform background checks but they can for handgun sales only, not long guns. Licensed dealers must contact the FBI and run buyer’s information through NCIS before selling to them. New Hampshire does not have any law stipulating that private sales need background checks.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Permit to carry concealed handguns||$10.00 (Local Resident)|
|$10.00 (Local Resident)|
|Allowed in||Courtroom or area used by a court|
|State parks||Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law|
|State and national forests|
|Road side rest areas|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden|
|Monday – Friday:||8:15 am - 4:00 pm|
|Address:||New Hampshire State Police|
Permits and Licensing Unit
33 Hazen Drive, Room 106
|City:||Concord, NH 03305|
|Phone:||(603) 223-3873 |
42 County Drive Laconia, NH 03246
95 Water Village Rd, Ossipee, NH 03864
12 Court St, Keene, NH 03431
55 School St, Lancaster, NH 03584
3785 Dartmouth College Hwy, North Haverhill, NH 03774
329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH 03045
333 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH 03303
101 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833