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New Hampshire Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 05/02/2019
Carry allowed with my New Hampshire permit?
Yes
Yes, With Restrictions
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of New Hampshire Gun Laws

New Hampshire is a shall-issue, permitless carry state. Residents apply to the county sheriff’s office and non-residents to the State Department of Justice.

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required to buy a handgun from a private individual. 

Open carry is legal in New Hampshire without a permit. There is no minimum age to carry a firearm, however the federal minimum age is 18 years old. 

Concealed carry is legal without a permit, however, Pistol/Revolver Licenses (PRLs) are issued to residents and non-residents for reciprocity purposes. No fingerprinting or photograph is required for a PRL. New Hampshire law does not require applicants for a license to carry a firearm to undergo firearms safety training or otherwise demonstrate knowledge of firearms safety. In terms of reciprocity, since New Hampshire has permitless carry, any person 18 years of age and older that can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm without a license or permit.

New Hampshire is a Castle Doctrine state and has a "stand your ground" law. The law currently states, in relevant part, “A person is not justified in using deadly force on another to defend himself or herself or a third person from deadly force by the other if he or she knows that he or she and the third person can, with complete safety: (a) Retreat from the encounter, except that he or she has no duty to retreat if he or she is within his or her dwelling, its curtilage or anywhere he or she has a right to be, and was not the initial aggressor; or (b) Surrender property to a person asserting a claim of right thereto; or (c) Comply with a demand that he or she abstain from performing an act which he or she is not obliged to perform; nor is the use of deadly force justifiable when, with the purpose of causing death or serious bodily harm, the person has provoked the use of force against himself or herself in the same encounter…”

89k
Permits Issued
1.4M
State Population
6.55%
Permit Percentage
51
States Honored
29
Reciprocating States
18
Minimum Age to CC

New Hampshire Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does New Hampshire allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in New Hampshire?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry.  [N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159-6]

Gun Permit Licensure?

If New Hampshire requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue/permitless carry.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in New Hampshire to get a concealed carry permit?

18. There is no minimum age to carry a firearm, however the federal minimum age is 18 years old. 

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in New Hampshire with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does New Hampshire issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does New Hampshire allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in New Hampshire?

Yes, without a permit for anyone not otherwise prohibited by statute from possessing a firearm. [N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159-6]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in New Hampshire?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in New Hampshire?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in New Hampshire?

Yes, unless posted.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does New Hampshire have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in New Hampshire state law.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in New Hampshire?

No.

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does New Hampshire have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does New Hampshire have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in New Hampshire? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No.

Preemption?

Does New Hampshire have [preemption laws](https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/resources/terminology/firearms-and-ammunition/preemption) related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state.

[N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159-26]

Red Flag Law?

Does New Hampshire have a red flag law?

No.


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state."
Part 1, Article 2-a

New Hampshire Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does New Hampshire honor?

Alabama (if at least 18 years old)
Alaska (if at least 18 years old)
Arizona (if at least 18 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 18 years old)
California (if at least 18 years old)
Colorado (if at least 18 years old)
Connecticut (if at least 18 years old)
Delaware (if at least 18 years old)
District of Columbia (if at least 18 years old)
Florida (if at least 18 years old)
Georgia (if at least 18 years old)
Hawaii (if at least 18 years old)
Idaho (if at least 18 years old)
Illinois (if at least 18 years old)
Indiana (if at least 18 years old)
Iowa (if at least 18 years old)
Kansas (if at least 18 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 18 years old)
Louisiana (if at least 18 years old)
Maine (if at least 18 years old)
Maryland (if at least 18 years old)
Massachusetts (if at least 18 years old)
Michigan (if at least 18 years old)
Minnesota (if at least 18 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 18 years old)
Missouri (if at least 18 years old)
Montana (if at least 18 years old)
Nebraska (if at least 18 years old)
Nevada (if at least 18 years old)
New Jersey (if at least 18 years old)
New Mexico (if at least 18 years old)
New York (if at least 18 years old)
New York City (if at least 18 years old)
North Carolina (if at least 18 years old)
North Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Ohio (if at least 18 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 18 years old)
Oregon (if at least 18 years old)
Pennsylvania (if at least 18 years old)
Rhode Island (if at least 18 years old)
South Carolina (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Tennessee (if at least 18 years old)
Texas (if at least 18 years old)
Utah (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
Virginia (if at least 18 years old)
Washington (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 18 years old)
Wisconsin (if at least 18 years old)
Wyoming (if at least 18 years old)

Since New Hampshire has permitless carry, any person 18 years of age and older that can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on their person without a license or permit. However, even though it is a permitless carry state they will still issue permits to residents and non-residents for reciprocity purposes.
 


Other States' Reciprocity With New Hampshire

Which states honor permits from New Hampshire?

New Hampshire residents can carry a concealed defensive firearm in the state of Oklahoma without any type of permit. You must carry your driver's license or state issued ID when carrying your firearm in Oklahoma. 

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with New Hampshire

Which states honor permits from New Hampshire with restrictions?

Colorado (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Florida (at least 21 years old)
Georgia (at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 21 years old)
Iowa (at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (at least 21 years old)
Michigan (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (at least 21 years old)
Ohio (at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
Virginia (at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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New Hampshire Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Give the names and addresses of three references;
  • Provide your driver's license number; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial Permit & Renewals
$10 for residents
$100 for non-residents

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

14 days

Application:

Link to application

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Link to non-resident application

A non-resident can complete the non-resident application and mail it to the NH State Police:

NH State Police
Permits and License Unit
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

Name/Address Changes:

Forward a letter to NH State Police notifying them of the change of address, including the old and new address. If you would like to receive a license that reflects the new address, enclose a fee of $3.00. Send to: 

NH State Police Permits and Licensing Unit 
33 Hazen Drive 
Concord, NH 03305

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Write a letter explaining the reason for your request and include a duplicate license fee of $3.00. Send to: 

NH State Police Permits and Licensing Unit 
33 Hazen Drive 
Concord, NH 03305


New Hampshire Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a New Hampshire Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Download the application form.

Step 2:

Take the completed application to your local sheriff’s office (or the State Police if a non-resident). You will need the names of three persons for references.

Non-resident applications should be mailed to:

NH State Police
Permits and License Unit
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

Step 3:

You will be notified by mail within 14 days whether your application has been approved or denied.

New Hampshire is a “shall issue” state, meaning that local law enforcement must issue a license to carry a loaded handgun if “it appears that the applicant has good reason to fear injury to the applicant’s person or property or has any proper purpose.” Hunting, target shooting, or self-defense is considered a proper purpose. 

No photographs or fingerprints 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.


Firearms Training Requirements in New Hampshire

New Hampshire law does not require applicants for a license to carry a firearm to undergo firearms safety training or otherwise demonstrate knowledge of firearms safety. However, the USCCA recommends that anyone who makes the choice to carry a concealed firearm obtain as much training as possible in order to be a responsibly armed American.

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New Hampshire Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a New Hampshire Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Handgun license renewals must be submitted 30 days prior to the expiration date of the license.

Step 2:

Download the resident application or the non-resident application.

Step 3:

Take the completed application to your local sheriff’s office (or the State Police if a non-resident). You will need the names of three persons for references.

Non-resident applications should be mailed to:

NH State Police
Permits and License Unit
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail within 14 days whether your application has been approved or denied.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

New Hampshire Rev, Stat. Ann. § 106.L:5, XXII authorizes the Police Standards and Training Council (PSTC) to adopt rules to implement the provisions of LEOSA. The PSTC adopted Administrative Rule 404.03(m) – (o) for that purpose. Once the qualified RLEO presents appropriate identification to an officer holding a current council firearms instructor certification and successfully completes the use of force training and handgun qualification two consecutive times, the instructor will issue documentation to the qualified RLEO.


New Hampshire Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in New Hampshire?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in New Hampshire?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license


FAQ: New Hampshire Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in New Hampshire?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in New Hampshire?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in New Hampshire?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in New Hampshire?

No.

What are the knife laws in New Hampshire?

The law allows for the concealed and open carry of any type of knife by anyone who is not a convicted felon.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in NH?

Not addressed in state statutes.
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for New Hampshire Gun Laws


New Hampshire Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
05/02/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/19/2019

Links checked

03/29/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

01/25/2019

Added church info to location restrictions section

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

11/30/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for New Hampshire


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