I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?
New Hampshire state law says that a person cannot have a gun if s/he has:
- a protective order against him/her;1
- 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.2
If any of these situations apply to the abuser, it may be illegal for him/her to have a gun. Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun if you have a restraining order against him/her that meets certain requirements. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.
1 RSA § 173-B:5(II)
2 RSA §§ 159:3; 3-a(I)