Legal Information: New Hampshire

State Gun Laws

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Updated: 
April 28, 2016

If the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

No. Under Federal law, if your abuser has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor, s/he cannot have or buy a gun.*  If you're not sure if your abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, see What crimes are considered domestic violence misdemeanors?


In addition, New Hampshire state law says that your abuser cannot have a gun if he:


  • has violated the no contact portion of a protective order, including a temporary order.
  • has been convicted of a felony for a crime of violence
  • has been convicted of a drug-related crime; or
  • has been convicted of three or more felonies (any kind) in NH.**

* 18 USC 922(g)(9)

** RSA § 159:3-a