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New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s weak gun laws put it in the “national failures” category of gun law strength. The Granite State’s weak laws are an outlier in its region—most of the other northeastern states have much stronger systems. The robust laws in New England provide a partial explanation for New Hampshire’s low gun violence rate relative to its weak gun policies, as the state is protected by its neighbors.

144 In an average year, 144 people die by guns in New Hampshire. More at EveryStat.
#39 in the country for Gun Law Strength. (Same as last year). See why.

An outsized portion of the gun violence in New Hampshire is suicide, which makes up the vast majority of gun deaths in the state, more than the national average. However, the state lacks many fundamental gun safety laws necessary to address this problem. The state also repealed a key protection in 2017, removing its concealed carry permitting requirement.

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New Hampshire House Fails To Pass Life-Saving Gun Safety Bills, Including Requiring Background Checks and Keeping Guns out of Schools

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