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New Hampshire operates on a “Shall Issue” policy because of reciprocity laws, but it’s fairly unrestricted.
There are no laws restricting the age at which a person can carry firearms. A license is not technically required to open or conceal carry. Non-residents and residents have different application to file. Residents apply to the county sheriff’s office and non-residents to the State Department of Justice.
|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes!|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes!|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes!|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes!|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||No|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in New Hampshire. During their time in New Hampshire, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.
Title 12 § 159:19 Courtroom Security
YES – Without a Permit/License Open or concealed carry without a permit/license in New Hampshire is legal.
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.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas
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.
“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.
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.