New Hampshire Passes Constitutional Carry

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New Hampshire has become the latest state to sign constitutional carry into state law.

Gov. Chris Sununu signed the law and it  goes into effect immediately.

The law repeals the license requirement to carry a concealed pistol or revolver, unless they’re already prohibited from doing so.

For residents who do want to obtain a license, the new law will increase the length of time a license is valid from four to five years.

Before the law, in New Hampshire, citizens had the right to legally carry or possess a firearm openly, either loaded or unloaded, NRA-ILA is reporting.

The new law extends permit-less open carry to concealed carry, allowing law-abiding gun owners to carry in whatever way suits their needs to protect themselves and their loved ones.

New Hampshire’s neighboring states of Vermont and Maine do not require permits to carry concealed handguns.

In arguing in favor of the bill earlier this month, state House Majority Leader Dick Hinch argued the measure “is a reasonable and long overdue measure that provides clarity, will enhance freedom for our responsible firearms community. And will be an overall deterrent to crime.”

“This is a commonsense legislation that allows people to protect themselves and their loved ones by exercising the second amendment rights,” Hinch added.

TFPP Contributor, and President of the Women’s Defense League in New Hampshire, Kimberly Morin was on site as the bill was signed into law.

“Today is historic because it ends almost 100 years of state sanctioned discrimination. Grassroots won the day and beat out Bloomberg’s millions.”

Some advocates of constitutional carry, Kimberly being one, bring to memory the fact that licensing laws were often used to deprive people of their rights.

She also provided us with some commentary from several attendees at the signing ceremony.

“What Senate Bill 12 does is it restores constitutional rights to the New Hampshire citizen,” said John Burt, Republican representative and champion of the bill. “America is looking at us today and they’re going to follow suit; I know many states will follow.”

Susan Olsen, legislative director of the Women’s Defense League, stated that “Today is a historic day. New Hampshire joins 11 other states with constitutional carry. It’s been a long haul getting there and we are thrilled to have been there today. We thank Governor Sununu for holding to his campaign promises and signing the bill.”

The new law did have some detractors:

State House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff, a retired U.S. deputy marshal, argued that the current law works.

“A concealed carry law has been in place for 94 years. It is often cited in FBI statistics as one of the safest states in the nation,” Shurtleff said.

And he raised alarms, saying “if this law is repealed individuals who should not be carrying a concealed weapon such as those suffering from dementia and alcoholism will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon.”

The new law is effective immediately.



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