Now an open investigation is reason to deny a “shall issue” concealed carry license in NH.

Knotted gun sculpture UN

Your rights mean nothing to the state.

In New Hampshire, it’s legal to open carry a gun on public property and plenty of private property (where the property owners welcome it). However, concealing the gun is illegal without a “license” from the state. The “live free or die” state is frequently touted as being more gun friendly than other states, and that’s definitely true. However, if the state people decide they don’t like you, the concealed carry statute is written with a loophole they can drive a Mack truck through:

shall issue a license to such applicant authorizing the applicant to carry a loaded pistol or revolver in this state for not less than 4 years from the date of issue, if it appears that the applicant has good reason to fear injury to the applicant’s person or property or has any proper purpose, and that the applicant is a suitable person to be licensed.

The “suitable person” loophole appears to allow police to deny someone a concealed license for anything they want and so far the NH supreme court is backing them up. In 2014 Derrick J was denied a concealed license by Keene Police for basically not being obedient to police, as they later explained in court. Keene’s district court judge Edward J Burke agreed that despite Derrick J being completely peaceful, the Keene Police’s decision to deny him was legal.

Hiring the supposedly best gun rights attorney didn’t help him, nor did their appeal to the NH supreme court, where Burke’s decision was affirmed.

The latest development in the ridiculous concealed carry denial saga is my recent rejection by Keene Police (PDF). This time their rationale for denying my supposed right is not because of what I’ve done in the past, but merely because there’s a “current drug investigation” involving me.

So, now all the police in New Hampshire have to do to deny you the right to defend yourself via concealed carry is open an investigation into you. When do they have to close said investigation? Apparently there’s no specific timeframe.

Liberty-minded state reps have been working to end the concealed license requirement entirely, but thus far it has been stopped by the governor, Maggie Hassan. Another bill attempted to remove the “suitable” loophole from the statute. Perhaps the next election will shake things up a bit more in favor of liberty. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for more on the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, I’m still considering re-applying for the concealed license, likely being denied again, and then taking the mandatory appeal to the district court just for fun.

Cross-posted to the NH Liberty Party website, as I’m currently running for Governor as a democrat with ending the war on drugs as a major campaign platform component.

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  1. It’s quite simple. If you have been arrested for multiple crimes like Derrick J has, you are not going to get a carriers permit. Ian is currently being looked at by the FBI for downloading child porn. You won’t get one either with your record Ian.  Hassan will be elected again. Her approval rating is very high and she does a great job. Now you will learn that breaking the law just isn’t worth it.

  2. Omg this is too simple. STOP BREAKING THE LAW ASSHOLES and you won’t have a problem with carrying or concealing! The “state people ” lol, (what are you like a 6 year old Ian Bernard )
    should decide to never let you mentally challeged buffoons to ever carry a gun nevermind even look at a gun. BTW Ian seeing that your a 6 year old are you able to consent to having sex with yourself or others? Oh wait was that joke too soon in light of the FBI raid on kiddie porn and a cache of drugs in your sin bin of a house hmmm?

  3. GGGMAN Now what’s the matter here, Michael darling? In your eagerness to beat Jacks to the punch line, did you forget to carefully check your post for mistakes before submitting it? You know, Michael, if you really want to be successful in questioning your rivals’ intellects, you probably should do so by writing in complete sentences. I trust you’re not this careless when you’re hanging drywall, are you lambikins?

  4. Jumping Jacks

    Could you possible elaborate on how a person having a right to be armed and open carry is somehow committing a crime by carrying concealed ?    Who exactly is harmed by the armed persons actions ?   

    Also, if permission to be armed is needed, wouldn’t it be better to term it a revocable privilege, rather than a right ? 

    Thanks in advance for your anticipated response.

  5. WEEDA CLAUS Jumping Jacks I never said open carry was a crime. A known criminal like Ian Bernard won’t get a concealed carry permit. Hopefully soon, when the FBI finds out what is on Ian’s computer(s), he will be a felon and will not be able to own a gun.

  6. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS

    So is using force to administer a licensing procedure for concealed carry an infringement on an innocent  persons right to bear arms?  

    As an aside don’t you find it embarrassing that some internet schmuck  knows  your silly constitution better than you do?  That was a rhetorical question btw.

  7. WEEDA CLAUS Jumping Jacks Ian is a criminal. With that said, he will not get a concealed weapons permit. There is no constitutional right that says you can conceal carry.  By the way, no one is using force to administer a licensing procedure. Those are your words. It’s strictly voluntary. If you don’t meet the criteria, you don’t get a permit. That is in place to protect the public.

  8. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS

    So a forcible entity must exist to protect people from a forcible entity ?   The department of redundancy department called and said your circular argument was circular. 

    I’m pretty comfortable with the idea that Ian, being an advocate for voluntary and consensual human interactions isn’t  a “real criminal”, but of course real criminals, :authorities” who initiate force as a primary means can make any person a statutory criminal can’t they? 

    It’s a little sad too, that I have to school you on your constitution of no authority.  The ninth and tenth amendment while not rising to any Spoonerish heights of logic, are the ones that refute your claim, if we confine our argument to flailing in the branches rather than striking root causes.

  9. I think we should not be so gun friendly. I do not feel myself safe.  <a
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