Weapons Charges in New Hampshire

New Hampshire regulates the possession and use of concealed weapons, including guns and explosives.

Like all states, the state of New Hampshire has laws that place restrictions on owning, possessing, using, manufacturing, buying, and selling various types of weapons. The following list represents only a small sample of the numerous state weapons laws in New Hampshire.

Concealed Weapons Permits

People in New Hampshire can carry either concealed or openly visible firearms in some situations. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, adults in New Hampshire can openly carry firearms without a permit.

Adults in New Hampshire can also carry concealed weapons if they obtain a permit. The permit requires an applicant to submit an application to the local police or sheriff’s office. The application must state a “proper purpose” for which the applicant seeks to carry the weapon, such as for hunting, self-defense, or target shooting reasons.

You can learn more about New Hampshire’s concealed handgun laws by reading Gun Permit Laws in New Hampshire.

Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Convicted Felon

It’s illegal to own or possess deadly weapons in the state of New Hampshire if you have been convicted of certain types of felony offenses. Anyone convicted of selling, manufacturing, transporting, or possessing with intent to sell any controlled substance, as well as those convicted of a felony against the person or property of another, cannot own a knife, sword cane, dagger, slingshot, firearm, brass knuckles, or any other deadly weapon. Anyone who violates this law commits a class B felony.

(New Hampshire Revised Statutes section 159:3)

Carrying or Selling Weapons

Unless otherwise permitted to do so by law, anyone who possesses, sells, or possesses with the intent to sell a slingshot, brass knuckles, or blackjack commits a misdemeanor. Anyone found illegally carrying such weapon will have that weapon confiscated.

(New Hampshire Revised Statutes section 159:16)

Sale of Martial Arts Weapons

Other then parents, guardians, and administrators of an estate, it’s a crime for anyone to sell, deliver, or provide any martial arts weapon to a person under the age of 18 without the permission of the child’s parent or guardian. The term “martial arts weapons” is a broad category that includes swords, knives, throwing stars, throwing darts, nunchaku, or other illegal or potentially dangerous weapons. Anyone who violates this law commits a misdemeanor offense.

(New Hampshire Revised Statutes section 159:24)

Local Ordinances

In addition to the state laws that apply everywhere in New Hampshire, local ordinances place additional restrictions on weapons. For example, municipalities commonly have ordinances that restrict using firearms within the city limits or place restrictions on using or possessing air rifles or BB guns. These local ordinances can differ significantly from city to city.


Anyone convicted of weapons crime in New Hampshire faces a range of potential penalties, such as fines, incarceration, probation, and weapons confiscation. The severity of the punishment in any case will depend on the particular crime involved. For example, someone convicted of a misdemeanor offense could face a fine of up to $2,000 and up to one year in jail. On the other hand, someone convicted of a class B felony faces between 3

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