On Wednesday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 12, which repeals the licensing requirement for residents to conceal carry, unless a person is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Residents can now carry, open or concealed, without going through the CCW permitting process. New Hampshire is now the 12th state to allow constitutional carry, with another eight considering similar laws.
“It is common-sense legislation,” Sununu said during a signing ceremony. “This is about making sure that our laws on our books are keeping people safe while remaining true to the live-free-or-die spirit.”
Although similar legislation had been brought forward for two consecutive years, former Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed both pieces of legislation.
“New Hampshire now joins an ever-growing number of states in passing constitutional carry,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. “Despite the best efforts of Michael Bloomberg-funded groups to distort the truth, the New Hampshire legislature and governor stood strong for freedom. It’s encouraging to see a governor stand up for the rights of his constituents, instead of caving to the demands of an anti-gun billionaire from New York City.”
SB 12 was sponsored by Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3). The new law goes into effect immediately.