Strong majority support allowing carrying loaded firearms on snowmobiles - 643 participants

Nov 30, 2016

Earlier this year, Iowa passed a law allowing drivers or passengers on snowmobiles or ATVs to carry loaded firearms while operating their vehicles. Currently, NH law prohibits carrying loaded firearms on snowmobiles, with an exception for law enforcement personnel. That could change this year with HB 84, a bill that would legalize carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun on a snowmobile, as well as on other OHRVs or motor vehicles. Read more about this issue. On November 30, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow carrying loaded firearms on snowmobiles?”

“Should NH allow carrying loaded firearms on snowmobiles?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Guns on Snowmobiles NH Citizen Voices Chart


A total of 91% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 9% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, 643 individuals contributed a total of 1,299 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 93% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing citizens to carry loaded firearms on snowmobiles.

  • “Yes... snowmobiles are used off-road! Most of off-road areas are populated by animals, therefore YES.”
  • “Yes. You never know when your life, the lives of your loved ones or the lives of your fellow citizens could be in danger.”
  • “[You’re] out in the middle of nowhere. All alone. You need basic survival equipment- a gun is one of them.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 7%, opposed allowing citizens to carry loaded firearms on snowmobiles.

  • “No. It only increases the risk of more shootings.”
  • “Loaded firearms should not be carried on any type of motorized vehicle.”
  • “I know it's unfair to the responsible riders, but I've had a couple of run-ins with intoxicated drivers and the idea [that] one of them could have a loaded weapon is scary.”

Other: As noted above, 9% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. Most of these respondents expressed confusion about the current legal status of carrying firearms on snowmobiles:

  • “I have never heard [of] this. Can someone find any truth to this? If this is true can we still carry with clip out?”
  • “So basically if you have a CC [concealed carry license] you can carry a loaded pistol. If you don’t you can carry a pistol but it can’t be loaded.”
  • “I didn’t even know this was illegal to begin with. I’d expect this law out of Massachusetts, but not ‘live free or die’ New Hampshire.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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HB 84 (2017)
Bill Status: Died in Conference Committee
Hearing date: Mar 28, 2017


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