New Hampshire State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012

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Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. New Hampshire ranked 23rd out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.

In 2013, New Hampshire did not enact any new laws regarding firearms.

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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.