House lawmakers have voted 217-132 to require local officials to issue conceal weapons permits to person not barred from owning a gun.
The mostly party line vote came after the GOP-controlled house overturned a committee recommendation to kill the bill.
Seabrook Republican Max Abramson told colleagues this bill was about making sure a constitutional right is unabridged.
"Senate bill 336 would simply restore the right of law abiding gun owners, who have the lawful right to open carry, to simply put on their jacket."
The bill heads back to the senate. Lawmakers have already sent a similar proposal to Governor Hassan. She vetoed a proposal to eliminate concealed carry permits last year, and is expected to veto any similar bills this year.