Legal Information: New Hampshire

State Gun Laws

July 9, 2021

What is the penalty for violating state firearm laws?

It is a class B felony for the abuser to have a firearm in his/her possession if the abuser has been convicted of:

  • been convicted of a felony that harms another person or involves property;
  • been convicted of a drug-related crime; or
  • been convicted of three or more felonies under homicide, assault, sexual assault, arson, burglary, robbery, extortion, child sexual abuse images, or controlled drug laws.1

A class B felony is punishable by one to seven years in prison.2

If the abuser has a firearm while a protective order is issued against him/her, s/he may be in violation of that order. Violating the terms of a protective order is a class A misdemeanor.2 A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in prison.3

1 RSA §§ 159:3; 3-a
2 RSA § 625:9(III)(a)(2)
3 RSA §§ 625:9 (IV)(a); 173-B:9(III)

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