New Hampshire removes license requirement to carry concealed weapon

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire signed legislation removing the requirement that people get a license to carry concealed guns in the State of New Hampshire, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald.  The article goes on to state that the legislation now makes New Hampshire the 12th state, which include Vermont and Maine, that does not require a license or permit to carry concealed guns in most cases.

Most state laws, according to the article, bar anyone who has a restraining order against them or a felony conviction from possessing a gun.  The article goes on to state that federal law goes further, also barring anyone convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year, drug users, certain people with mental illness, or someone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, among several other categories in barring concealed gun authorizations.

Employers are still free however, to carefully draft policies prohibiting guns in the workplace during working hours and should give careful consideration to reviewing their current policies to see that they are compliant with the new legislation in New Hampshire and with federal legislation in this regard.

Brian L. Champion

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Brian L. Champion is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia in Washington D.C.  He is also admitted to The First Circuit Court of Appeals and The United States Supreme Court. Employment Law:  Mr. Champion defends management’s rights with passion and determination when allegations… Read more »