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Should NH no longer require a permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver?

Feb 10, 2015

The term "Constitutional Carry" has become rallying cry for advocates of gun owner's rights. A bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee – SB 116 – would take the state one step closer to this ideal by eliminating the need to obtain a license to carry a concealed gun. On April 13, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH no longer require a permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver?”​

"Should NH no longer require a permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver?"

Concealed Carry NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 344 participants gave 1,681 responses.

A total of 57% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 47% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 344 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,681 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority, at 80% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of no longer requiring a permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver. 

  • “The fact remains that a concealed weapon is a person's best defense from attack.”
  • “The only time a person should be verified is at the time of purchase. How they carry their weapon is up to them.”
  • “These laws only affect law-abiding citizens, the criminal element carry regardless.”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 20%, were opposed to no longer requiring a permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver.   

  • “I think NH should stay with the permits. Whoever can't get one has to have a reason they can't”
  • “I think having a permit is good! It will bring a higher level of consequences for people that get caught with a side arm that should not have one.”
  • “Keep the permit requirement for concealed carry, not least because the permit reciprocates with a lot of other states.”

Other: As noted above, 43% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Logistics: “Law enforcement doesn't need to know who carries a concealed weapon because criminals don't abide by the law. They need to treat everyone as if they were carrying.”
  • Relevance: “People carry them concealed without permits either way.”
  • Alternatives: “Our lawmakers should put their efforts more towards proper training and safety class requirements for gun owners."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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