Did you know that there are 17 million people who maintain a Concealed Carry Permit in the United States?  Did you know that equals 5.2% of the US Population?

In NH 4% of the population maintains a concealed carry permit — but that is a bit of a misnomer because a concealed carry permit is not required to carry a concealed weapon in NH.  However, if you 

In-State Residents: Pistol and Revolver licenses are only issued to Non-Residents by the New Hampshire State Police. Please contact your local policing agency for a Resident Pistol/Revolver License. The Application for a Resident Pistol/Revolver License can be found here.

Out-of-State Residents: Please download the Application for Non-Resident Pistol/Revolver License fill in the necessary information according to the instructions and mail it to:

Department of Safety
Division of State Police
Permits and Licensing Unit
33 Hazen Drive

***UPDATE 10/25/16*** Please be advised that due to the New Hampshire Supreme Court opinion Bach v. New Hampshire Department of Safety, ___ N.H. ___ (No. 2014-0721, decided June 2, 2016), Out-of-State Residents applying for a Non-Resident Pistol/Revolver License are NOT required to supply the Resident State License Number on Form DSSP 260 and are NOT required to supply either a copy of a valid concealed carry license issued by the state, county, or town in which they reside OR a letter from their local police department, as described in Saf-C 2102.03(c) and on the reverse of Form DSSP 260.

New Hampshire Pistol/Revolver Rules and RSAs:

RSA 159 (includes self-defense weapons and martial arts weapons)

New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules Saf-C 2100

There are many US states that will honor a concealed carry permit from another US state. Some states have entered into agreements to recognize concealed carry permits from states they have formally signed a reciprocity agreement with. There are also states (California, New York, Maryland…) that will not honor any concealed carry permit from another state and in effect ban the carry of handguns by non-residents visiting their state. Across the United States, reciprocity laws vary widely from state to state requiring close attention if a person wants to travel interstate. Federal law does protect individuals traveling across a state with a firearm if they do not have a permit to carry in the state, but only if strict guidelines are followed.

New Hampshire gun laws operate on an Unrestricted” and “Shall Issue” policy, the latter being used for reciprocity. There are no laws restricting the age at which a person can carry firearms. A license is not required to open or conceal carry. For those that require a permit, there are separate forms for residents and non-residents. Residents apply to the county sheriff’s office and non-residents to the State Department of Justice.

Want to know which states will honor your concealed carry permit?

Reciprocity:

The states listed below have indicated that they will recognize New Hampshire resident pistol revolver licenses. Anyone carrying a firearm in New Hampshire is subject to all other applicable laws including RSA 159:3.

Alabama, Michigan, Alaska, Missouri. Arizona*, Mississippi, Arkansas, North Carolina, Colorado*, North Dakota, Florida*, Ohio, Georgia, Oklahoma, Idaho, Pennsylvania*,
Indiana, South Dakota, Iowa, Tennessee, Kansas, Utah, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, West Virginia*, Maine, Wyoming.
* License holders must be 21 years of age or older.

RESIDENT

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

NON-RESIDENT

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

 

PLEASE NOTE: Pistol/Revolver licenses issued by the State of New Hampshire to out-of-state residents are ONLY valid within the State of New Hampshire or within a state that recognizes a New Hampshire non-resident pistol/revolver license.

It is extremely important that all license holders be aware of the laws and requirements of all reciprocating states when visiting/traveling. Possession of a license does not supersede any other state’s laws or license requirements. License holders are subject to the laws of the state they are visiting.

New Hampshire honors these state CCW permits

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

You must be a resident of the state they honor for your permit to be valid in New Hampshire

If you are a New Hampshire Pistol/Revolver License holder traveling to another state and wish to carry a concealed weapon using your New Hampshire license, contact that state directly to confirm their recognition status before carrying concealed weapons there. For example, some states only recognize a license if the person is 21 years of age or older.

States that will not accept a New Hampshire CCW permit

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C. Wisconsin

New Hampshire Places that are off LimitsTitle 12 § 159:19 Courtroom Security

  • Courtroom or area used by a court 
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

Places you can carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Roadside rest areas
  • Vehicle

All areas of the state except those in the Off-Limits section