On Wednesday morning, the “Live Free or Die State” became a little freer when New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation allowing residents to carry a gun without a license.
The Concord Monitor reported that New Hampshire had become the 12th state to sign a constitutional carry law. Neighboring states like Maine and Vermont already passed such laws.
“It is common-sense legislation,” Sununu said during the signing ceremony. “This is about making sure that our laws on our books are keeping people safe while remaining true to the live-free-or-die spirit.”
Under the old law, residents would have to apply with their local police chiefs to get a concealed carry license, and law enforcement could decide if someone was acceptable or not. Every four years the license would expire, and gun owners would have to go through the whole process over again.
State political insiders knew this bill was destined to become law, the Republican-controlled legislator passed it several times in the past, but the former Democratic governor would always veto it.