New Hampshire Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for NH Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact New Hampshire gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to New Hampshire can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

New Hampshire State Constitution

All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.

No person, who is conscientiously scrupulous about the lawfulness of bearing arms, shall be compelled thereto.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All men are born equally free and independent; therefore, all government of right originates from the people, is founded in consent, and instituted for the general good.

The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled.

Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

The people have a right, in an orderly and peaceable manner, to assemble and consult upon the common good, give instructions to their representatives, and to request of the legislative body, by way of petition or remonstrance, redress of the wrongs done them, and of the grievances they suffer.

New Hampshire Gun Laws

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New Hampshire Shooting Ranges

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New Hampshire NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

New Hampshire State Firearm & Hunting Associations

New Hampshire Gun Shows and FFLs

New Hampshire's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

New Hampshire Elected Public Officials

New Hampshire Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

New Hampshire State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings