The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects a law-abiding citizen’s right to possess a firearm. People possess firearms for a variety of reasons: some people like to target shoot; some people enjoy hunting and most gun owners like to be prepared should an intruder make the unfortunate decision to enter your home in the dead the night.
New Hampshire guns laws are fairly liberal. New Hampshire is a “constitutional carry” state. In 2017 the New Hampshire legislature passed a law making it legal to carry a concealed, loaded gun without a license. Anyone who can legally possess a gun under State and Federal law may carry concealed provided you are at least 18-years-old, not a felon or otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm. You do not need a purchase permit to buy firearms in New Hampshire. You do, however, need to complete a criminal background check when purchasing from a federally or state licensed dealer. A firearms permit will exempt you from this check.
Beware that one cannot carry a gun into the courts and schools within the State of New Hampshire.
Felon in Possession of a Firearm:
Your right to possess a firearm is not absolute. It is illegal to have a gun or other deadly weapon if you’ve been convicted of a felony drug crime or a felony against a person or property. Further, it is a felony level offense to attempt the purchase a firearm knowing that you are already a convicted felon. Individuals who are subject to a court protective order, a restraining order, are required to surrender all firearms and ammunition. Similarly, it’s a standard bail condition that the accused not possess a firearm, ammunition or other deadly weapon.
What do I do if charged with a gun crime?
If you are facing charges related to the possession of a firearm you need to speak with an experienced lawyer. The potential penalties for a criminal offense are significantly ramped up when a firearm is involved. If a person commits any felony while armed with a firearm, he is subject to an enhanced sentencing penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Similarly, if a firearm is used in the commission of a federal crime the penalties under the sentencing guidelines become much more severe.
A gun charge is extremely serious – You need to take immediate action. Attorneys Shepherd & Hayes defend clients charged with all types of gun crimes to include representing those charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Negligent Storage of a Firearm, Giving False Information in a Firearms Application, Reckless Conduct involving a Firearm and other crimes wherein a firearm is utilized.
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