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What are the Gun Laws in New Hampshire? Page 2

Antiques, Replicas, Machine Guns, Miscellaneous Gun Laws

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Antiques And Replicas

Antiques, defined as any handgun "utilizing an early type of ignition," such as flintlocks, percussion and pin fires, are exempt from the above regulations. No handgun which utilizes centerfire or rimfire cartridges will be considered an antique.

Machine Guns

In the absence of any state law governing automatic weapons, federal law controls the registration and regulation of machine guns in New Hampshire.

Miscellaneous

  • It is unlawful to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in or on any motor vehicle, power boat or airplane.

  • It is unlawful to change, alter, remove or obliterate the name of the maker, model, serial number or other mark of identification on any handgun. Possession of a handgun with its marks altered creates a legal presumption that the possessor committed the offense.

  • It is unlawful to discharge a firearm on the land of another within 300 feet of a permanently occupied building without the permission of the owner.

  • It is unlawful to discharge a firearm from or across a public highway, including the rights of way of a highway, in pursuit of wild birds or animals.

  • A person who uses or attempts to use Teflon coated or armor piercing or exploding ammunition in the course of any misdemeanor or felony shall be guilty of a separate felony.

  • To the extent consistent with federal law, the state of New Hampshire shall have authority and jurisdiction over the sale, purchase, ownership, use, possession, transportation, licensing, permitting, taxation, or other matter pertaining to firearms, firearms components, ammunition, or firearms supplies in the state. Except as otherwise specifically provided by statute, no ordinance or regulation of a political subdivision may regulate the sale, purchase, ownership, use, possession, transportation, licensing, permitting, taxation, or other matter pertaining to firearms, firearms components, ammunition, or firearms supplies in the state.

  • New Hampshire prohibits civil liability causes of action against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition for the harm caused by the criminal or unlawful use of their products by others.

Sources: N.H. Rev. Ann. §§ 159.1; 159.3-159.8b; 159.11-159.21; 159-D: 1-3; 207:3-a;207:3-c

Sources: National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action

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