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New Hampshire

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my New Hampshire permit?
No
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
34k
Permits Issued
50
STATES HONORED
29
RECIPROCATING STATES
1.4M
STATE POPULATION
18
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
7
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
2.42%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
5
YEARS PERMIT VALID
14
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Summary of New Hampshire Gun Laws

New Hampshire is a shall-issue, constitutional 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 for anyone at least 18 years of age who can legally possess a firearm. 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…”

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New Hampshire Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does New Hampshire allow constitutional carry?

Yes. New Hampshire allows constitutional carry.

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?

New Hampshire is a shall-issue/permitless carry state.

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

No. A concealed carry permit does not allow you to carry weapons other than handguns.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in New Hampshire?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit.

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in New Hampshire?

Yes. There is no statute prohibiting the purchase or use of pepper spray in New Hampshire.

Non-Resident Permitting?

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

Yes. The process is the same as for residents.

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. You can carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in New Hampshire.

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?

Yes. Concealed carry is allowed in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in New Hampshire

[NH Admin. Rule 7301.10(a)

[NH Rev. Stat. Ann. § 212-17]

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit, 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. You are not required to notify an officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in New Hampshire.

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does New Hampshire have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. New Hampshire does not have magazine capacity restrictions.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does New Hampshire have ammunition restrictions?

No. New Hampshire does not have ammunition restrictions.

"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. "No Weapons Allowed" signs are not enforced in New Hampshire.

Preemption?

Does New Hampshire have preemption laws 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. New Hampshire does not have a red flag law.

Carry While Using Alcohol or Prescription Medication?

Does New Hampshire have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

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.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

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

No. A permit is not required to purchase a handgun in New Hampshire.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

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

No. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Waiting Period?

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

No. There is not a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in New Hampshire.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in New Hampshire?

No. Handguns do not need to be registered in New Hampshire.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in New Hampshire?

18 years old.

[NHRSA § 12 159:12]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in New Hampshire?

Yes, however the handgun cannot be used to take or attempt to take deer.

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in New Hampshire?

Yes.

V. The licensee shall be entitled to carry firearms while hunting under the provisions of this section, unless such licensee is prohibited by state or federal law from carrying a firearm.
VIII. No person taking deer under the provisions of this section shall take or attempt to take deer with any type of firearm.

[NH Statutes Title XVIII Sec 208.5]

Hunter Harassment Law?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in New Hampshire?

Yes. No person shall purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping. No person shall purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping. No person shall purposely engage in an activity that will tend to disturb wild animals, with intent to prevent their lawful taking. No person shall use a drone or UAV with the intent to conduct video surveillance of private citizens who are lawfully hunting, fishing, or trapping without obtaining the written consent of the persons being surveilled prior to conducting the surveillance.

[NH Stat. § 207:57]

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State Constitutional Provision
All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state."
ARTICLE 1, § 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

Colorado (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Florida (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Georgia (at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 21 years old)
Iowa (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.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized if at least 21 years old; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 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 his or her 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:
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 are 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:
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

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.


Related Information & Links for New Hampshire Gun Laws


New Hampshire Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-10-01

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table

2019-09-09

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-25

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-05-02

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-19

Links checked

2019-03-29

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

2019-02-15

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

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church info to location restrictions section

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

2018-12-13

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-11-30

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for New Hampshire

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