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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2020 ‘Domestic Violence & Firearms in New Hampshire.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 5 December

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Domestic Violence and Firearms in New Hampshire

New Hampshire law, unlike federal law, does not prohibit individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition.

New Hampshire prohibits a defendant subject to a domestic violence protective order from purchasing, receiving, or possessing any and all firearms and ammunition for the duration of the order.If there is probable cause to believe that firearms and ammunition are kept on the defendant's premises, the court may issue a search warrant authorizing a peace officer to seize any and all firearms and ammunition. New Hampshire law also includes a specific provision penalizing a person who completes and signs an application for purchase of a firearm and who knows that such purchase is illegal because he or she is subject to a protective order.

In issuing a domestic violence protective order, a New Hampshire court must direct the defendant to relinquish to a peace officer any and all firearms and ammunition in the control, ownership or possession of the defendant or any other person on behalf of the defendant. The firearms and ammunition must remain relinquished for the duration of the protective order. In issuing a temporary domestic violence protective order, a court may (but need not) include a similar command.

Whenever any peace officer has probable cause to believe that a person has been abused, New Hampshire law requires the officer to use all means within reason to prevent further abuse, including confiscating any firearms and ammunition in the defendant's control, ownership or possession…

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