Jul 6, 2015 4:23 PM

Hassan vetoes bill to remove NH concealed carry license

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As expected, Gov. Maggie Hassan is standing firm against efforts to roll back the state law that require a license to carry concealed firearms.

Hassan, a Democrat, vetoed legislation Monday that would have removed the licensing requirement. She says the licensing requirement is necessary to keep hidden guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people.

Existing law allows anyone who can buy a gun to carry it open. But to carry the gun concealed, a person must receive a license from his or her local law enforcement or town officials, giving the police some discretion.

Opponents of the licensing requirement say the existing system allows police to take their personal biases into account when issuing licenses. They argue removing the license will make the state safer.

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