Transporting Firearms in New Hampshire
The laws governing the legal use, storage and carrying of firearms are constantly changing. Below are the applicable laws in the State of as of 4/10/2013. The below information is designed to be a guide and not the final word. If you have specific questions, please refer to the State of New Hampshire legislation at gencourt.state.nh.us. Another great resource is the New Hampshire Department of Public Safety.
159:4 Carrying Without License.
No person shall carry a loaded pistol or revolver in any vehicle or concealed upon his person, except in his dwelling, house or place of business, without a valid license therefor as hereinafter provided. A loaded pistol or revolver shall include any pistol or revolver with a magazine, cylinder, chamber or clip in which there are loaded cartridges. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall, for the first such offense, be guilty of a misdemeanor. For the second and for each subsequent violation of the provisions of this section, such person shall be guilty of a class B felony, provided such second or subsequent violation has occurred within 7 years of the previous conviction.
Note: The below Q&A comes directly from the New Hampshire Department of Public Safety website.
I would like to bring my handgun into New Hampshire, yet I don’t have a license to carry concealed. How may I carry?
- You may carry unloaded in your vehicle. Be sure that the ammunition is separate from the gun.
- You may carry loaded on your person. The weapon needs to be fully exposed. For example, it may not be concealed by a shirt or a jacket, or located in a backpack.
- You may carry unloaded and concealed on your person, so long as you do not possess any ammunition on your person.