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In 2017, New Hampshire changed its law to allow individuals to carry loaded handguns in vehicles without a license. New Hampshire still prohibits, however, the carrying of loaded rifles or shotguns in a moving motor vehicle unless the individual is in the act of protecting his or her livestock or crops.1

Long guns carried in

  • an off-highway recreational vehicle or a trailer towed by an off-highway recreational vehicle2 or
  • a snowmobile or a trailer towed by a snowmobile3

must be unloaded. A person may carry a loaded handgun without a permit on an off-highway vehicle or snowmobile if they are not prohibited from handgun possession.


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  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 207:7. An individual may also carry a loaded rifle or shotgun, muzzleloader, or air rifle while traveling through or between farming or agricultural areas while in the course of protecting his or her interest in their livestock or crops except when crossing or traveling on a public way.[]
  2. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann.§ 215-A:20.[]
  3. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 215-C:35.[]