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    Question Carry Without Permit at 20?

    Is it possible to carry without a permit in NH at 20?

    I am planning a camping trip over the summer and would like to have protection from wild life, if it should come to see me...

    I am ignorant to the laws surrounding it and would like to be enlightened.

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    Wikipedia: New Hampshire has no laws restricting the age at which a person may posses

    New Hampshire has no laws restricting the age at which a person may possess and carry firearms.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_New_Hampshire
    http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/...OC-XII-159.htm
    Links to entire Chapter 159 but there is a search function at
    http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/...es/search.html

    The general principle is that laws prohibit rather than permit. A minor may be allowed to carry by no mention of such a prohibition. An assertion of nonexistence cannot be sustained without examination of the entire universe of discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INiiCIK View Post
    Is it possible to carry without a permit in NH at 20?

    I am planning a camping trip over the summer and would like to have protection from wild life, if it should come to see me...

    I am ignorant to the laws surrounding it and would like to be enlightened.
    Your relevant statute for unlicensed carry of a pistol in New Hampshire is RSA 159:4

    http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/.../159/159-4.htm

    It is very likely that you will run into wildlife if you are going to be hiking and/or camping, so I would urge you to also bring an air-horn. An air-horn can diffuse most wildlife "situations" without the need to use lethal force against an animal(s).

    Enjoy your time in New Hampshire!
    Let a man never stir on his road a step without his weapons of war; for unsure is the knowing when need shall arise of a spear on the way without. -Hávamál 38

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    And if you working on a ranch .. its 16 yrs old !

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    Are there any constraints on OC? From what I'm reading if I'm CC that the gun must be unloaded, doesn't matter that the mags are 2 inches away from it, just that it must be unloaded...

    As far as vehicle transportation goes, it'll be locked and in the trunk no matter what...

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    Quote Originally Posted by INiiCIK View Post
    Are there any constraints on OC? From what I'm reading if I'm CC that the gun must be unloaded, doesn't matter that the mags are 2 inches away from it, just that it must be unloaded...

    As far as vehicle transportation goes, it'll be locked and in the trunk no matter what...
    Per RSA 159:4; the only "constraints" on unlicensed carry are as follows:

    1) No LOADED carry (open or concealed) within a motor vehicle. If you have a revolver it means no rounds in the cylinder. If you have a pistol it means no round in the chamber, AND no loaded magazine inserted into the pistol.

    2) When outside a motor vehicle, no concealed carry of a LOADED pistol or revolver (per the above criteria in #1).

    Enjoy your time in New Hampshire.
    Last edited by Tactical9mm; 05-11-2014 at 12:46 AM.
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    I will! Some outdoors and the liberties from CT to NH will be quite a liberating experience!

    Thanks for the help!

    Edit: I almost forgot, in CT the pistol is my father's, he will be loaning it to me for the trip, I am legal to own a pistol at 18 in NH correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by INiiCIK View Post
    Edit: I almost forgot, in CT the pistol is my father's, he will be loaning it to me for the trip, I am legal to own a pistol at 18 in NH correct?
    Again, NH law is silent as to age, and doesn't care whose pistol it is (as long as it's not stolen). The federal law law concerning possession (not ownership) makes you clear at age 18 or over.

    You'll be fine. Welcome to NH.
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    I will be hiking and camping in the White Mountains, are there laws concerning possession of certain calibers in state forests? I only ask because in CT, if it's not in season and you don't have the appropriate license/permit for the season and you're carrying any pistol over .22 you can get charged with some hard stuff...

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    Not a problem in NH. It's what we call a Free State. Just be very careful driving through Mass. Do not do anything to get pulled over or attract attention. Mass does not care about interstate travel laws.
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