A number of candidates in the New Hampshire House and Senate races are advocating for "constitutional carry," which allows residents to carry a concealed firearm without a license.
New Hampshire allows open carry, which allows residents to carry a firearm without a license so long as it is visible. Concealed firearms require a permit.
Rep. JR Hoell (R-Dunbarton) told the Concord Monitor that a constitutional carry bill is likely the 2015 legislature.
"This is something that’s been talked about for a number of years, and it’s time to pass it," said Hoell. "[It] basically says, 'You don’t need to beg permission from the government to carry a concealed weapon.'"
Pat Sullivan, executive director of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, opposes constitutional carry.
"What we have currently works, and if it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it," said Sullivan.
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