On Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate concurred with the House and passed legislation to eliminate the requirement for a license to carry concealed in the Granite State.
The legislation — HB 582 — would simply treat concealed carry like open carry, which is already legal to do without a permit in New Hampshire. In short, HB 582 removes the requirement that citizens pay the state for a concealed permit before exercising their Second Amendment rights.
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Senate vote was 14-10, in favor of repealing the permit requirement. Sen. Gary Daniels (R-Milford) said, “This is our opportunity to ensure the 2nd Amendment rights of our constituents are upheld.”
But Democrats argued for a continuation of the current structure of allowing open carry without a permit while requiring a permit for concealed carry. Sen. Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) accused Republicans of simply pursuing change for the sake of change — because the GOP controls the Senate — instead of pursuing change because it is actually required.