NH Senate considers ending gun permit requirement

April 17, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire could become the fourth state to eliminate the need for a permit to carry concealed, loaded guns anyplace not prohibited by law under a bill before the Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Wednesday afternoon. The bill has already passed the House where gun rights advocates argue government should not have control over basic rights.

Under the bill, adults could carry the guns without first getting a permit from local police. Gun owners would have the option of getting a permit so they could travel to states with reciprocal permit agreements with New Hampshire.

The bill would not change exemptions in the law, such as for felons carrying weapons.

Vermont, Arizona and Alaska don't require a permit.