Several months ago I wrote about my support for states issuing concealed carry licenses (see Why my state is doing me a favor by requiring a concealed carry license). A few days ago I heard about a bill currently before the New Hampshire state senate that would repeal the need for a carry license, and I became a bit concerned. As the current CHL (concealed handgun license) situation in my state stands, we have a reciprocity agreement with several other states so that my license to carry is recognised in multiple other states. My concern was that the new law would cause the state to stop issuing carry licenses.
My concern was wrong.
You can read the full text of the bill HERE, but to summarize it, the SB116 would remove the license requirement for carrying a loaded and concealed firearm, require the director of state police to negotiate and enter agreements with other states to recognize each other’s carry licenses/permits, and extend the length of time a license to carry is valid.
Yes, the bill would improve the current license system while also making it completely unnecessary. So I can have a valid cary license should I travel to other states, it will be valid for longer, and I don’t even need it when I’m home. That definitely sounds like a win for everyone here in the granite state.
One other big problem that SB116 fixes is the issue of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Current laws state that transport of a firearm in a vehicle qualifies as concealed carry, and therefore is illegal without a CHL. So while open carry is perfectly legal, as soon as you go to drive your car, you’re breaking the law if you don’t have a license for concealed carry. If SB116 passes, this issue will no longer matter.
For anyone in New Hampshire reading this: Please contact your state representatives and urge them to support this legislation. I already have. As always, be professional and respectful in your requests that your state senator supports SB116.
Contact info for your local senators can be found on the state senate website HERE
For anyone elsewhere in the country: Contact your representatives and urge them to write legislation like this. Don’t you want your state to be as cool as New Hampshire?