Governor Chris Sununu has signed SB12, the “permitless” or Constitutional carry bill for New Hampshire in a signing ceremony. The ceremony was held at 10:30 Eastern time, today, 22 February, 2017. From Governor Sununu's facebook page:
Signing #SB12 into law is a commitment I made to the people of New Hampshire. I am proud today to fulfill that commitment.
Similar bills were vetoed twice by former Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan. Hassan left the Governor's mansion to become a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire.
The bill passed with solid margins in the Senate, 13-10, and in the House, 200-97. Here is the analysis of SB12 from the New Hampshire legislature:
I. Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a pistol or revolver is valid.
II. Allows a person to carry a loaded, concealed pistol or revolver without a license unless such person is otherwise prohibited by New Hampshire statute.
III. Requires the director of the division of state police to negotiate and enter into agreements with other jurisdictions to recognize in those jurisdictions the validity of the license to carry issued in this state.
A campaign to push Governor Sununu to veto the bill was pushed by Michael Bloomberg organizations. Some New Hampshire police organizations joined the campaign. From the eagletribune.com:
CONCORD, N.H. — Senate Bill 12, a bill ending the permit requirement to carry concealed guns in New Hampshire, will allow sex offenders and children to carry certain firearms concealed if signed by Gov. Chris Sununu, according to the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.
Reading carefully, the police are worried that people under the age of 18 might legally carry rifles and shotguns concealed. They are also worried that people who have committed some misdemeanors would be able to carry concealed.
Their efforts were blunted by the fact that both Vermont and Maine have similar rights to carry firearms. Vermont has been a “permitless” or Constitutional carry state for its entire existence; Maine joined the club last year. Neither has had any adverse experiences with Constitutional carry.
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