N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu eliminates concealed-carry gun licenses
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has finally eliminated the state’s concealed-carry gun licenses, allowing residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit/license.
Gov. Sununu signed the Senate Bill 12 (SB 12) into law, saying it would allow the state’s law-abiding residents to carry a firearm in a manner that best suits their needs without requiring a license in most cases.
The Republican governor called SB 12 “common-sense legislation” about people’s safety. The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other supporters of the legislation praised the decision.
On the other side, the N.H. Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley condemned the Republican governor for signing the bill into law.
Criticizing the decision, Buckley said, “The governor … [made] it harder for law enforcement officials to keep track of guns that fall into the wrong hands. New Hampshire has imminent issues that need the governor’s attention, but further relaxing the state’s notoriously lax gun laws is not one of them.”
With the new law, N.H. has become the 12th state in the nation to allow residents to carry conceal firearms without requiring a license. In the New England region, Maine and Vermont are the other states with similar measures.
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