Other Location Restrictions in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New Hampshire prohibits any person, even the holder of a license to carry a loaded handgun, from carrying any firearm into a courtroom or area used by a court.1

New Hampshire has no laws prohibiting firearms in the following places, although administrative regulations may apply:

  • Parks;
  • Hospitals;
  • Bars and other places where alcoholic beverages are sold or served;
  • Places of worship;
  • Sports arenas;
  • Gambling facilities; or
  • Polling places.
  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:19. []

Gun Shows in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New Hampshire does not specifically regulate gun shows. See also the New Hampshire Private Sales section for state laws that apply at gun shows.

See our Gun Shows policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Private Sales in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

See our Private Sales policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

New Hampshire has no law requiring a background check prior to transfer of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer (a “private sale”). New Hampshire law explicitly allows a person who is not licensed to sell handguns and who is not engaged in the business of selling handguns to sell a handgun to any person who is known to her or him or who is licensed to sell handguns.1 No person may transfer a handgun to a convicted felon.2 New Hampshire has no other laws regarding private sales of firearms.

See the section entitled Firearms Trafficking for additional laws that limit private sales of firearms.

  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:14. []
  2. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:7. []

Dealer Regulations in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

See our Dealer Regulations policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.

New Hampshire prohibits any person from selling, advertising or exposing for sale, or having in one’s possession with intent to sell, a handgun without a local license to sell handguns.1 However, a person who is not licensed to sell handguns and not engaged in the business of selling handguns may sell a handgun to a person who is personally known to her or him or who is licensed to sell handguns.2 A license to sell a handgun may be obtained from the selectmen of a town or the chief of police of a city, and remains in effect for up to three years.3 Licensees must:

  • Conduct business in the building designated in the license or at certain sporting shows or collectors’ meetings;
  • Display the license on the premises, where it can be easily read; and
  • Deliver firearms only to purchasers who provide evidence of their identity or to purchasers personally known to the licensee.4

Failure to comply with these conditions may result in revocation of the license to sell handguns.5

Licensees must conspicuously post at each purchase counter the following warning in bold type not less than one inch in height: “IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE OWNER OF A FIREARM SEEK FIREARM SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FROM A CERTIFIED FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR AND KEEP FIREARMS SECURED FROM UNAUTHORIZED USE.”6

New Hampshire does not require sellers of rifles or shotguns to obtain a license.

For information about the laws:

  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:10. []
  2. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:14. []
  3. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:8. []
  4. Id. []
  5. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 159:8, 159:8-b. []
  6. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 650-C:1(VII). []

Waiting Periods in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New Hampshire imposes no waiting period between the time of purchase and the actual physical transfer of a firearm.

See our Waiting Periods policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Retention of Sales & Background Check Records in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New Hampshire law requires the Department of Safety (“DOS”) to destroy any records containing information about a firearm transferee who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm within one day of the request for a background check. New Hampshire law prohibits DOS from disclosing those records to any person or agency. If a potential transferee is prohibited from receiving a firearm, DOS must retain any records pertaining to the potential transferee for three years.1

New Hampshire does not require firearms dealers to retain sales records, although federal law applies.

See our Retention of Firearm Sales and Background Check Records policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159-D:2. Although DOS may maintain for an indefinite period a log of dates of requests for criminal background checks and unique approval numbers corresponding to such dates, DOS is not allowed to maintain records containing the names of the firearms dealers who receive unique approval numbers, or records of firearm transactions including the names or other identification of firearms dealers or transferees not prohibited from receiving firearms. Id. []

Multiple Purchases & Sales of Firearms in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New Hampshire has no law restricting sales or purchases of multiple firearms.

See our Restrictions on Multiple Purchases or Sales of Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Open Carrying in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New Hampshire law prohibits any member of any civil group from assuming any semblance of military organization or character by bearing or possessing rifles, pistols, or military weapons of any kind.1 It is otherwise lawful in New Hampshire to carry an unconcealed, loaded handgun in public without a license.2 New Hampshire has no other law regulating the open carrying of firearms in public.

See our Open Carrying of Firearms in Public policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 111:15. []
  2. See N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:4. []

Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New Hampshire does not require firearm owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm.

See our Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Registration of Firearms in New Hampshire

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New Hampshire has no law requiring firearms to be registered.

See our Registration of Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.