New Hampshire Governor Will Veto Permitless Concealed Carry Bill

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan made her intentions clear Wednesday with respect to Senate Bill 116, which would remove the state’s concealed-carry permitting process replacing it with a Constitutional or permitless carry standard. Make no mistake about it, Gov. Hassan is going to veto SB 116.

“New Hampshire’s current concealed carry permitting law has worked well for nearly a century – ensuring the Second Amendment rights of our citizens while helping to keep the Granite State one of the safest states in the nation,” said the Democratic governor in a statement. “Law enforcement, as well as citizens across New Hampshire, have strong public safety concerns about allowing people to carry concealed guns without a license and oppose removing the protections that the licensing process offers to help ensure that potentially dangerous individuals are not allowed to carry hidden weapons.”

“Our permitting system gives an important oversight role to local law enforcement, while allowing for appeals through appropriate channels,” she continued. “In his book Live Free or Die, Republican Governor Mel Thomson said that the current permitting process for concealed carry is ‘a sensible handgun law that leaves the issuance of handgun permits to the discretion of [local law enforcement]’. That is as true today as it was then. By passing Senate Bill 116, the legislature would be taking a step away from our tradition of common-sense gun laws, and I intend to veto this measure if it passes.”

Currently, New Hampshire has a ‘may-issue’ concealed carry standard that leaves the decision on whether one can exercise their Constitutionally-protected right to bear arms up to law enforcement. Police make the ultimate call on whether an applicant is “suitable” to carry a concealed firearm.

SB 116 cleared the state Senate in February and sailed through the GOP-controlled state House this week with an overwhelming majority. Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, the bill’s lead sponsor, is hoping that Gov. Hassan signs the bill into law.

“I hope the governor will embrace this right of New Hampshire citizens to protect their lives, liberties, and loved ones,” Bradley said in a statement.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Bonnie Arbogast July 10, 2015, 4:00 pm

    Vermont has proven that having the freedom to carry guns without requiring permits works positively by reducing crime statistics. Not only is Hassan a lefty politician but she is just another greedy Democrat. She has her eye on the lost revenue from selling gun permits. I’ve been very curious as to her husband’s heritage; he is employed at Philips Exeter Academy and has been instrumental is bringing radical Muslim speakers to student assemblies. Nowhere in my computer is there info on his background before college years. So, Maggie: let’s know more about the ‘Hassan’ origin. This could certainly influence your political agenda. How can this be a duplicate – I never commented before!

  • E June 26, 2015, 7:39 am

    Stop being a victim. Get a gun, learn how to use it, and protect yourself!

  • Tim Rego May 4, 2015, 9:16 am

    If you look at the republicans who voted ney or where not there these are the people I will not vote for.
    We need a republican govenor or we may as well cal New Hampshire northern mass.
    Or we can move to Florida where the police have no control over conceal carry.
    Look at whats going on in Londonderry New Hampshire the police and town counsel want to ban shooting in Londonderry.

  • DRAINO May 1, 2015, 9:50 am

    Yet another lefty politician who knows what’s best for everyone. No shortage of those today!

    “…For the people, by the people.” ….?

    Common sense is so rare, it should be considered a super power nowadays.

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