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August 23. 2014 11:16PM
NH gun license form must change, critics say
By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM
New Hampshire Sunday News
The Department of Safety has agreed to remove some - but not all - of the changes to the concealed-carry gun license form that angered gun-rights advocates earlier this month.
But that's not good enough, some say.
State law bars someone from carrying a loaded pistol or revolver in a vehicle or concealed on his person (except at his home or business) without a license.
And RSA 159:6 says local officials "shall issue" a license "if it appears that the applicant has good reason to fear injury to the applicant's person or property or has any proper purpose, and that the applicant is a suitable person to be licensed. Hunting, target shooting, or self-defense shall be considered a proper purpose."
At the center
"Proper purpose" and "suitable person" are not further defined. And that's the crux of the controversy over the new license form.
Until recently, the reverse side of the form included a summary of "salient points" in state gun laws, including this: "Applicants not prohibited under federal or NH law from possession of a firearm shall be deemed suitable persons and the license shall be issued unless the applicant is so prohibited from possessing a firearm."
However, the New Hampshire Supreme Court in May found that the Department of Safety had no authority to include such language, which does not appear in the statutes. So the department changed the license form, replacing the language on its reverse with the actual state laws.
Now gun-rights advocates are making a similar argument, contending that state officials had no authority to change the license application.
They want the old form restored, including that previous language.Rep. JR Hoell, R-Dunbarton, who serves as secretary of New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, said his meeting with Sweeney was "cordial" but he isn't satisfied.
I often have the discussion with folks from NH why doesn't Vermont issue permits and this is a very good analogy of why.
In Vermont if you can own a gun you can carry a gun,your choice Open or Concealed,you need permission from No one.
Just as the founders intended. SJ 40