Gov. Hassan Vetoes Bill Ending Conceal & Carry Permits

Jul 6, 2015

As promised, Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that would have allowed anyone who can legally own a gun to carry it concealed without a license.

Currently, people need to get a permit from local officials to carry a concealed firearm beneath a coat or in a handbag. Hassan said although she supports the second amendment, she believes eliminating this step would “compromise the public safety of our citizens.”

Hassan called the existing law “common sense and responsible," saying it gives local law enforcement crucial oversight to keep communities safe meanwhile providing those who were denied a permit a way to appeal.

If Hassan signed off on the bill, New Hampshire would have become the seventh state to get rid of its permitting process.