New Hampshire State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012



View a comprehensive summary of new state laws enacted in 2013 and 2014.



New Hampshire:

  • Requires handgun dealers (but not dealers in rifles and shotguns) to obtain a state license; and
  • Performs its own background checks for handgun sales (but not sales of rifles or shotguns) from licensed dealers.

However, New Hampshire does not, among other things:

In 2010, New Hampshire had the 25th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009, New Hampshire exported more than three times as many crime guns as it imported, and was the top supplier of crime guns to Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.

New Hampshire Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in New Hampshire, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.