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New Hampshire lacks many basic gun safety protections, and in fact has weakened its gun laws in recent years—state lawmakers must reverse this deadly trend. 

New Hampshire has not passed any meaningful gun safety laws in years, and recently enacted a law that allows people to carry loaded, hidden handguns in public without a background check or permit. In 2019, New Hampshire had the 14th-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 17th-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, New Hampshire could require a background check and waiting period on all firearm purchases and pass an extreme risk protection order law.

What New Hampshire Does Well

  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Child access prevention laws
  • State database background checks for handguns
  • Certain disarming procedures
  • Handgun dealer regulation

What New Hampshire Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.