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Permission Not Required: “Constitutional Carry” Bill Passes New Hampshire House Committee

by Mike Maharrey, Activist Post:

Yesterday, a New Hampshire “Constitutional Carry” bill took another step forward, clearing an important House committee with an “ought to pass” recommendation. If passed into law, it would make it legal for people in New Hampshire to carry a concealed firearm without a license, and foster an environment hostile to federal gun control.

A coalition of 19 sponsors introduced Senate Bill 12 (SB12) on Jan. 5. The legislation would allow any person “not otherwise prohibited by statute from possessing a firearm in the state of New Hampshire” to carry a concealed firearm.

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.

SB12 would leave the current conceal carry licensing process in place in New Hampshire, but would extend the length of time a license remains valid from 4 to 5 years. This would allow residents who want to carry a concealed firearm in other states that have reciprocity agreements with New Hampshire to obtain a license.

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee recommended SB12 “ought to pass” by a 12-8 vote.

“Constitutional carry is a big step toward being able to exercise a natural right that has been infringed at all levels for far too long,” ShallNot.org policy lead Scott Landreth said.

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