New Hampshire becomes the 12th constitutional carry state.
The number of states dropping requirements for concealed weapons permits keeps increasing and New Hampshire’s Governor has just made the Granite State the 12th to enact a constitutional carry policy.
The new policy is effective immediately upon Governor Chirs Sununu’s signing of Senate Bill 12 earlier this week. The move was announced in a short press release on his website.
“SB 12 ensures New Hampshire citizens are guaranteed the fundamental right to carry a firearm in defense of themselves and their families, as prescribed by Article 2a of our state constitution,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “This common sense legislation aligns our concealed carry laws with that of our neighboring states of Vermont and Maine and states across the country.”
New Hampshire was already bordered on two sides by other constitutional carry states in Maine and Vermont, the latter being one of the first states in the U.S. to have such a policy. Maine adopted it in 2015.
The new law does not mean current licensing systems will go away however. The Concord Monitor reports residents can still get a license for carry when they travel to other states.
According to Handgun Laws, residents will still not be able to carry in neighboring Massachusetts to the south, however. The state does not honor New Hampshire permits.