Newsflash: New Hampshire is not New York or Chicago

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Posted in category guns

As a follow-up to this post on the media reaction to William Kostric open carrying a handgun near the area where Obama was supposed to be speaking, I received a great letter from a New Hampshire freeman on the gun issue. Readers will find it informative concerning NH gun laws.

I always enjoy your articles and posts on LRC, and was appropriately nauseated by the video clip you posted  (in which sundry talking heads are “amazed” that it’s possible for lawfully armed citizens to protest peacefully on private property here in New Hampshire).  A couple of clarifications to the picture as presented in the clip: 

1.  New Hampshire law does indeed allow open carry on both private and public property, and there’s no requirement that the gun be “registered” to the person carrying it (as the newscasters imply).  Actually, New Hampshire has no system of gun registration at all.  There’s no permit required for open carry, either.  

2.  Concealed carry permits in New Hampshire are shall-issue, cost $10, and can be obtained by filling out a simple one-page form and dropping it off at the local police station.  Once you have a permit, you can legally carry anywhere in the state except in a courthouse or on federal property.  In this case, the entire crowd at the protest could have been carrying concealed, and provided they were CCW holders it would have been 100% legal.  

We take our gun rights seriously here in New Hampshire, and as a result our beautiful state is routinely ranked as one of the safest in the nation.  Someone needs to inform this cadre of self-infatuated blighters that we’re under no obligation to scuttle our most cherished traditions for the temporary convenience of a few federal bureaucrats and their adoring toadies in the mainstream media.

All the best from Bedford, New Hampshire, and keep up the good fight.  You and the LRC team are a daily inspiration to me, and to many others as well.

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10 Responses to Newsflash: New Hampshire is not New York or Chicago

  1. Hunter says:

    August 12th, 2009 at 8:31 am

    If you are so included to learn more about what we do to stand up for everyone’s freedom in N.H., visit

    And if you are on facebook, you’re welcome to join my page here:

  2. Bob Roddis says:

    August 12th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    For 2007, New Hampshire had a murder and non-negligent homicide rate of 1.1 per 100,000:***********************************
    For 2008, Canada had a homicide rate of 1.8 per 100,000.

    The homicide rate was 1.2 in Quebec, 1.4 in Ontario, 4.5 in Manitoba and 3.0 in Saskatchewan per 100,000.*************************************************************************************************************************

    In Nunavut, the new Eskimo territory carved out of the NW Territories, the homicide rate was 12.7 per 100,000:*********************************************************************

    As statistics constantly prove, gun control always works. Right?

  3. Lynne says:

    August 12th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Loud and enthusiastic rebel yells to the brave and wise state of New Hampshire from the Heart of Dixie!!! Glad to get more info on all this. Thanks again Karen and I think I shall begin a file on neat names for all our enemies….”self-infatuated blighters” is a good one from the fellow who sent the letter mentioned in your post…the New Hampshire freeman.

  4. Bruce says:

    August 12th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    We need to see the power of the federal gov greatly diminished and the power of individual states increased… State’s Rights Matter!

  5. clark says:

    August 12th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    “We need to see the power of the federal gov greatly diminished and the power of individual states increased” – there’s a math/physics equation here along the lines of for every action there’s an equal an opposite reaction. Seems to me a big opposite action needs to occur first, like a bang on a couple of magnets. Somethings gotta go boom before that happens. Mr. Gerald Calente’s comments go here, something about a bigger bubble bursting.

  6. Marcel Duchamp says:

    August 13th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Yeah, and lets bring back slavery too! And what’s with those damn women voting?? Next time I’m in New Hampshire I will be packing a shotgun! And some hand grenades too. And maybe I’ll be driving a tank.

    Resist the corporations.

  7. clark says:

    August 13th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    When did slavery ever go away? Slavery just got transferred to the population at large in the form of income taxes and the police state as whip holder. As far as women voting, now it’s two sheep and three wolves voting on what to have for dinner? As if voting makes a difference in a two party system that controls who one can vote for. If responsible people have hand grenades, nothing happens, it’s when criminals with bad intent get hand grenades there’s problems, no different than shotguns. And in case you hadn’t noticed there are already many vehicles on the road not much different than tanks and you never read in the news of any problems due to simply driving such. Should we outlaw semi-trucks too? What about farm tractors, they can go for miles and through houses as easily as a tank. Or perhaps we should ban airplanes, those things could do some damage too. And while we’re at it shouldn’t every solid object get covered in foam to prevent bruising and cuts when people trip and fall?
    Resist over-reaching government and their minions.

  8. Bob Roddis says:

    August 13th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Marcel Duchamp is brilliant. On the blog of a strong Libertarian woman, it is suggested that Karen’s philosophy implies that women should have inferior status and rights. Where libertarianism expressly states that all people have the right to bear arms, including minorities, it is suggested that this implies a desire for blacks to be held in slavery (which would be quite difficult if they were all well armed).
    THIS IS ALWAYS THE FORM OF ANY ARGUMENT PUT FORTH BY THE LEFT in opposition to libertarian ideas. These “progressives” have nothing, no history, no theory, no facts and no logic. They are pathetic.

  9. clark says:

    August 15th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Funny how when you simply Google the word, “guns” a news article pops up at the top of the list with a small blurb saying, “(Some of the more polite posts: “There was only one reason he brought that gun, to intimidate people, and one person in particular, President Obama” and “It …” There were never any, “news” links at the top for this subject before (as far as I know) and Google does have a sperate, “News” search section. Hmm. The second page is almost the same way, “… Town hall disruptions around the country have led to some outbreaks of violence. Unions participating in town halls have received death …” and a link to the Huffingtonpost – do they hate the Second Amendment or what? It’s not like they are talking about banning baseball bats, oh wait, “Students could be arrested if they bring objects such as air guns, pellet guns, BB guns, fireworks, and even bats and clubs to school without a “legitimate purpose,’’ he said.” The banning of the tools used to make guns, bats and golf clubs can’t be far behind, I’m sure the unions would support that as they would be licensed.

  10. NHTPC says:

    August 15th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Karen for your thoughtful and correct assessment of our laws and your commentary on this “much ado about nothing” situation with Bill Kostric.

    Liberals love to go into hysterics about something that means nothing — Bill was NOT waiting for Obama, or waiting to go inside. He was standing with the rest of us citizens, protesting the takeover of our Constitution by these criminals!

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