On February 22, 2017, Governor Sununu signed into law Senate Bill 12 authorizing the carrying of a concealed pistol or revolver for qualified persons with or without a permit. The main language change in this law is as follows:

  • The length of time for a permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver changed from four years to five years
  • A person may carry a concealed loaded pistol or revolver without a license, unless such person is otherwise prohibited by New Hampshire or federal statute.
  • Requires the Director of State Police to negotiate and enter into agreements with other jurisdictions to recognize the validity of the New Hampshire license to carry.
  • Repeals the requirement to obtain a concealed carry license, both for residents and non-residents, and making the seeking of a license voluntary.

Residents and non-residents who wish to continue participating in the concealed pistol or revolver permit system may continue to file applications with either their New Hampshire city or town as previously required, or in the case of a non-resident seeking a concealed pistol or revolver permit, an application will need to be filed with the Department of Safety, Division of State Police Permits and Licensing Unit.

Concealed pistol or revolver permits issued within the State of NH will be required for residents and non-residents seeking to carry under a reciprocity agreement within another state.

**New Hampshire law prohibits the possession of a firearm under the following:

  • Felony conviction against person or property
  • Felony conviction in violation of RSA 318-B, the New Hampshire Controlled Drug Act, or
  • The subject of a valid domestic violence protection order

For further guidance related to Federal prohibition, please refer to: https://www.atf.gov/firearms/identify-prohibited-persons.