See our Private Sales policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

New Hampshire has no law requiring a background check prior to transfer of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer (a “private sale”). New Hampshire law explicitly allows a person who is not licensed to sell handguns and who is not engaged in the business of selling handguns to sell a handgun to any person who is known to her or him or who is licensed to sell handguns.1 No person may transfer a handgun to a convicted felon.2 New Hampshire has no other laws regarding private sales of firearms.

See the section entitled Firearms Trafficking for additional laws that limit private sales of firearms.

Notes
  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:14. ⤴︎
  2. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159:7. ⤴︎