- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill that would permit people who can legally own a gun in New Hampshire to be able to carry their firearm concealed without having to get a separate license.

The Republican sponsors of the so-called “constitutional carry” bill say it would make New Hampshire safer, but some police officers argue that the change would make it easier for dangerous or unstable people to carry concealed weapons.

New Hampshire law requires gun owners to obtain a separate license from their local law enforcement officials if they want to carry a concealed firearm. The proposal would eliminate the licensing requirement, allowing anyone who can legally purchase a gun to carry it out in the open or concealed.

The Senate Thursday passed the bill 14-9.

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