It sounds like NH is very similar to WA. OC loaded anywhere, except in a vehicle, posted 21 and over bar, k-12 school, jail, Mental hospital or courtroom without a permit. The Pistol license (CPL) allows CC and and loaded CC or OC within a vehicle, onto school ground to pickup or let off students and no wait to secure a new firearm from an FFL. Remember, long guns are usually regulated by F&W law...like no loaded long guns in a vehicle. The CPL only applies to a pistol, not a long gun. I think NH is the same.
As you are new to carry, be sure you read your state law carefully. You may want to look at things that may (or may not) be there like Montana law has this quirk...it is legal to OC into a bar or restaurant that serves alcohol, but it is not legal to CC into the same places.
Then WA has a law that says only LE can carry to a outdoor music festival that lasts over 4 hours and is expected to have more than 2000 in attendence (think Woodstock), (and this is not even in the firearms section of the law), but specifically exempts state/county fairs from the prohibition.
Not exactly true.... The federal GFSZA requires the police to issue the licenses in the states. In New Hampshire licenses are issued either by the selectman or whom the CLEO assigns. Technically it makes New Hampshire Licenses useless in the GFSZA.
However depending where you are you probably won't have an issue with it.
Huh???.... My license was signed by the Chief of Police in Lebanon
You can read everything here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/...OC-XII-159.htm
RSA 159:4 addresses carrying concealed without a license. There is no law stating that open carry is legal; there is simply no law making it illegal. The only law requiring a license (RSA 159:4) specifies loaded, concealed handguns. Everything else is legal.
Yes, like I said in my first reply to the OP:
You can carry an unloaded and concealed handgun, or a loaded unconcealed handgun, without a license in NH. For obvious reasons, loaded open carry is preferable to unloaded concealed carry.
You cannot carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle without a license (it doesn't matter if it's open or concealed).
The only question hinges on the definition of "loaded", which is included in RSA 159: "A loaded pistol or revolver shall include any pistol or revolver with a magazine, cylinder, chamber or clip in which there are loaded cartridges." An aggressive prosecutor could claim that a handgun is "loaded" if the carrier has a loaded magazine at the same time. It's been tried before. I don't know if there is controlling case law, or not.
But, "loaded" only matters for carrying concealed, or for carrying in a vehicle. For open carry while on foot, carry loaded and ready.
Sheriff's Department don't issue licenses do they? Anyone know how Somersworth is regard OC? I've only seen one person actually open carry excluding my father so I don't have a clue.
I do know the laws, I was just wondering how the Police treat you if they show up. The Somersworth Police Chief doesn't grant permits to those under 21. I did talk to Penny Dean about it but I don't really have the desire to fight it in the courts so I'm not going to apply for one in Somersworth for the time being unless something changes.
Only you can decide whether you want to fight it or not, but the Somersworth chief is wrong. He has no basis in law for denying a license based on age.The Somersworth Police Chief doesn't grant permits to those under 21. I did talk to Penny Dean about it but I don't really have the desire to fight it in the courts so I'm not going to apply for one in Somersworth for the time being unless something changes.