New Hampshire Open Carry

Open carry is legal in New Hampshire although you need a permit to possess a loaded handguns open or concealed in an automobile. [NH Bill of Rights Part 1 Article 2-A]

The is no law that sets a minimum age to Open Carry in New Hampshire.

Open carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle is not legal unless you have a permit.

The following is a list of places that are off-limits when carrying a weapon in New Hampshire:

159:19 Courthouse Security. –
I. No person shall knowingly carry a loaded or unloaded pistol, revolver, or firearm or any other deadly weapon as defined in RSA 625:11, V, whether open or concealed or whether licensed or unlicensed, upon the person or within any of the person’s possessions owned or within the person’s control in a courtroom or area used by a court. Whoever violates the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a class B felony.
II. Firearms may be secured at the entrance to a courthouse by courthouse security personnel.
III. For purposes of paragraph I, “area used by a court” means:
(a) In a building dedicated exclusively to court use, the entire building exclusive of the area between the entrance and the courthouse security.
(b) In any other building which includes a court facility, courtrooms, jury assembly rooms, deliberation rooms, conference and interview rooms, the judge’s chambers, other court staff facilities, holding facilities, and corridors, stairways, waiting areas, and elevators directly connecting these rooms and facilities.
IV. The provisions of this section shall not apply to marshals, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, police or other duly appointed or elected law enforcement officers, bailiffs and court security officers, or persons with prior authorization of the court for the purpose of introducing weapons into evidence and as otherwise provided for in RSA 159:5.
V. It shall be an affirmative defense to any prosecution under paragraph I that there was no notice of the provisions of paragraph I posted in a conspicuous place at each public entrance to the court building.
Source. 1985, 258:2. 2000, 175:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.

  • All places off limits due to Federal Restrictions

For concealed carry information, visit our New Hampshire concealed carry page.

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2/11/2015 – All information updated.

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