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N.H. residents no longer need a license to carry concealed loaded guns

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu spoke to legislators at the State House in Concord, N.H., in February.

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New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu spoke to legislators at the State House in Concord, N.H., in February.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A license is no longer required to carry hidden loaded guns in New Hampshire.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation removing the licensing requirement for carrying concealed firearms. A representative from the National Rifle Association says that makes New Hampshire the 12th state that doesn’t require a license or permit.

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Now anyone who isn’t prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun can carry it concealed without a license. The previous law gave police chiefs and local officials the discretion to decide if someone was ‘‘suitable’’ to carry a gun concealed.

Supporters say the bill restores gun owners’ constitutional rights. But opponents worry it will allow dangerous people to carry hidden guns.

Sununu said Wednesday signing the bill is ‘‘a long time coming.’’ His Democratic predecessor vetoed it.

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