Currently, 49 states have a concealed carry law allowing gun owners to apply for a permit that will allow them carry a concealed firearm on their person or in their vehicle. Some states recognize and honor the conceal permits from other states. That is except New York where the Manhattan District Attorney is prosecuting a former marine now jeweler for voluntarily checking his concealed weapon when entering the Empire State Building and showing his Indiana conceal carry permit.
New Hampshire is now willing to take gun ownership a step further by passing the nation’s first constitutional carry law.
State representative JR Hoell sponsored House Bill 536 that recognizes the Second Amendment right to carry a firearm without having to first obtain a license or permit from state or federal government. HB 536 has passed the New Hampshire House and now goes to the state senate for approval.
Constitutional carry is a great step towards securing the rights of gun owners, however the way the New Hampshire law is written, it does not go far enough. It does not cover the rights to carry a concealed weapon in school zones nor does it meet the requirements of the Brady Law.
Since the constitutional carry law does not require a gun owner to obtain a permit, anyone traveling out of the state would need to obtain a concealed carry permit or they would be in violation of that states laws.
Hopefully, other states will follow New Hampshire’s example and pass their own constitutional carry laws and allow American’s to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights to bear and carry firearms as our Founding Fathers intended.