Law Shield regrets to inform our members that New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that would have repealed the license requirement for carrying a concealed handgun.
We advocate for the expansion of gun rights and freedom, so we’re disappointed.
In a statement, the Governor said of the veto:
“By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on July 6th, 2015, I have vetoed Senate Bill 116, repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.
New Hampshire’s current concealed carry permitting law has worked well for nearly a century – safeguarding the Second Amendment rights of our citizens while helping to keep the Granite State one of the safest states in the nation. Our concealed weapons permitting system gives an important oversight role to local law enforcement, while allowing for appeals through appropriate channels.
Throughout the process on Senate Bill 116 I have heard concerns from law enforcement and public safety officials, as well as citizens across New Hampshire, about allowing individuals to carry concealed guns without a license. They oppose removing the protections that the licensing process offers to help ensure that potentially dangerous individuals are not allowed to carry hidden weapons and I share their concerns.
I support the Second Amendment and I believe that Americans have a right to responsibly own guns for personal safety, hunting, and recreation. However, I also recognize the need to balance the rights of gun owners with the rights of all New Hampshire citizens to be safe in their communities. With this consideration, I believe that New Hampshire’s current law is appropriate and responsible.”
On the upside, New Hampshire law already allows for the open carry of handguns without a permit.
What do you think about the Governor’s Veto?