Pistol Permit FAQs

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How do I obtain a pistol permit?

You must complete an application. This application is available in person at the Police Department, downloaded and printed from our website (see Forms Section) or downloaded and printed from the New Hampshire Department of Safety website.

How long will it take to obtain a Pistol Permit?

A permit must be issued within 14 days after receipt of the application. If the application is denied, the reason for the denial must be sent to the applicant in writing.

How much does a Pistol Permit cost?

Currently, the fee for a resident Pistol Permit is $10.00. The fee for a Non-Resident Permit is $20.00. Application for a non-resident is made through the NH Department of Safety.

Do I need a pistol permit to possess a pistol in my home?

No. A permit is not required to possess a pistol in your home. A pistol permit allows you to carry a loaded handgun concealed on your person or in any vehicle.

Does my New Hampshire Resident Pistol Permit allow me to carry a concealed handgun in all 50 states?

No. Some states recognize and accept a New Hampshire Pistol Permit while others do not. Reciprocity agreements are subject to change without notice. Anyone planning to travel to another state should confirm with that state that their permit will be accepted.

Does my New Hampshire Resident or Non-Resident Pistol Permit allow me to carry a handgun into a courthouse?


Where can I get a lock for my weapon?

Safety locks for your weapon are free for Thornton residents while supplies last. Otherwise, they can be purchased from department stores that carry hunting supplies and at gun shops.

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