New Hampshire Gun Laws

New Hampshire Gun Laws

New Hampshire State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney         

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO NO*

*A permit to carry is available, but it is not required to carry a handgun either openly or concealed.


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Burglary, kidnapping, forcible sex offense

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Home of curtilage

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes - Arson, forcible felonies

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law



How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in New Hampshire

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.

New Hampshire Statute 159:6(III): "The availability of a license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver under this section or under any other provision of law shall not be construed to impose a prohibition on the unlicensed transport or carry of a firearm in a vehicle, or on or about one’s person, whether openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded, by a resident, nonresident, or alien if that individual is not otherwise prohibited by statute from possessing a firearm in the state of New Hampshire."

State Website: CLICK HERE: Resident CCW Application form CLICK HERE:

Non-resident CCW Application form CLICK HERE:

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