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When is it a felony to possess firearms in New Hampshire?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2021 | Criminal Defense

Gun control has been and still is a controversial topic across the nation. Many people want to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. Others believe gun possession is out of hand and want laws that provide better control.

New Hampshire is one of the most permissive states when it comes to possessing and carrying firearms. With few restrictions, residents of Salem do have the right to own and bear firearms. However, there are certain situations in which residents could face felony charges relating to firearms.

What does state law say?

Much is permitted under New Hampshire gun control laws. For example, there exists no waiting period for buying a gun. You can walk into a store, pay for your gun and take it home the same day. Other permissions involving guns include the following.

  • You do not have to have a license to buy or own a gun.
  • You may own any firearm, with the possible exception of automatic weapons.
  • You may carry a concealed firearm without a license or permit.
  • You may openly carry a firearm without a license or permit.

As you can see, the state is open and tolerant of firearm possession. However, if you have been convicted of certain felonies (controlled substances, violent crimes, etc.), it remains illegal to own and carry firearms.

Possible penalties upon conviction of illegal firearm charges include seven to 40 years of imprisonment, depending on the details of your prior conviction(s). You will also have to pay several thousands of dollars in fines.

You can still achieve a good outcome in your case if you face charges associated with firearms. In most situations, learning more about state laws and your defense options is a great first step.

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