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Existing Laws (with key provisions)

Disorderly Conduct
See Title LXII Criminal Code, Chapter 644:2 Breaches of the Code, Chapter 644:2 Breaches of the Peace and Related Offenses
http:www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/lxii/644/644-mrg.htm

– A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if:
III. He purposely causes a breach of the peace, public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creates a risk thereof, by:
(a) Making loud or unreasonable noises in a public place, or making loud or unreasonable noises in a private place which can be heard in a public place or other private places, which noises would disturb a person of average sensibilities

Domestic Violence
See Title XII Public Safety and Welfare, Chapter 173-B, Protection of Persons from Domestic Violence https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xii/173-b/173-b-mrg.htm

– 173-B:4; …temporary relief may direct the defendant to relinquish to a peace officer any and all firearms and ammunition in the control, ownership, or possession of the defendant…
– II. The defendant may be prohibited from purchasing, receiving, or possessing any deadly weapons and any and all firearms and ammunition for the duration of the order. The court may subsequently issue a search warrant authorizing the peace officer to seize any deadly weapons specified in the protective order…

Exeter Noise Ordinance
See Town of Exeter Ordinances Chapter 7, Conduct Regulations https://www.exeternh.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/ord_chapter_7_conduct_regulations_2011jun.pdf

– 701 Unnecessary Noise: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to make, create, maintain or simulate any excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noises which are prolonged, unusual and unnatural in their time, place and use effect, and are a detriment to public health, comfort. (Examples of unnecessary noise are provided)
– 704.3 Discharge of firearms on town property: Notwithstanding the provisions of 704.1 above, no person, except a Law Enforcement Officer in the proper execution of his duties, firm or corporation shall fire or discharge any cannon, gun, pistol or other firearm, rocket or squibs upon any property owned or leased by the Town of Exeter except that at the following locations the following activities shall be permitted:

a. A designated firing range approved by the Board of Selectmen upon recommendation of the Chief of Police with the concurrence of the Town Manager at which instruction in the use of firearms shall be allowed as part of the Police Department’s training procedures
b. The Sportsman’s Club maintained on the Water Works property, so-called, off Portsmouth Avenue, at which Sportsman’s Club, the Club members shall be allowed to carry out their customary firearms activities

OHRVs and Trails
See Title XVIII Fish and Game, Chapter 215-A, Off Highway Recreational Vehicles and Trails http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xviii/215-a/215-a-mrg.htm

– 215-A:1 Definitions VI. “Off highway recreational vehicle” means any mechanically propelled vehicle used for pleasure or recreational purposes running on rubber tires, tracks, or cushion of air and dependent on the ground or surface for travel, or other unimproved terrain whether covered by ice or snow or not, where the operator sits in or on the vehicle. All legally registered motorized vehicles when used for off highway recreational purposes shall fall within the meaning of this definition; provided that, when said motor vehicle is being used for transportation purposes only, it shall be deemed that said motor vehicle is not being used for recreational purposes. For purposes of this chapter “off highway recreational vehicle” shall be abbreviated as OHRV. OHRVs shall include any pedaled vehicle equipped with a motor that is not included in the definition of electric bicycle and utility terrain vehicles, but shall not include snowmobiles as defined in RSA 215-C or electric bicycles as defined in RSA 259:27-a.

– 215-A:20 No person shall carry on an OHRV, or a trailer towed by same, any firearms unless said firearm is unloaded. This section shall not apply to law enforcement officers carrying firearms in the course of duty or to pistols carried under a permit issued pursuant to the authority of RSA 159.

Pistol permits
See Title XII Public Safety and Welfare, Chapter 159, Pistols and Revolvers
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XII/159/159-mrg.htm

– NH is a shall-issue, constitutional carry state
– A license is not required to transport or carry a firearm in a vehicle, or on or about one’s person, whether openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded, by a resident, nonresident, or alien if that individual is not otherwise prohibited by statute from possessing a firearm in the state of New Hampshire
– Concealed pistol or revolver permits issued within the State of NH will be required for residents and non-residents seeking to carry under a reciprocity agreement within another state. NH has reciprocity with over two dozen states, including neighbors Maine and Vermont; however, Massachusetts DOES NOT share reciprocity with NH.

– NH resident pistol license application: https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/jib/permitslicensing/documents/dssp85.pdf
New Hampshire State Police Licensing & Permits: (603) 271-3575

School Emergency Response Plans
See Title XV Education, Chapter 189, School Boards, Superintendents, Teachers, and Truant Officers; School Census: Emergency Response Plans
https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XV/189/189-64.htm

– I. The plan shall provide that at least 4 of the currently required number of fire evacuation drills shall be emergency, all-hazard response drills of which atleast one shall test emergency response to an armed assailant. The armed assailant drill may be discussion based.

Shooting Range
See Title XII Public Safety and Welfare, Chapter 159-B, Shooting Ranges
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xii/159-b/159-b-mrg.ht

Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 644:2, III(a) (see below) or any other law to the contrary, no person who owns, operates, or uses a shooting range in this state shall be subject to civil liability or criminal prosecution in any matter relating to noise or noise pollution, provided that the owners of the range are in compliance with any applicable noise control ordinances in existence at the time the range was established, was constructed, or began operations.

Snowmobiles
See Title XVIII Fish and Game Chapter 215-C, Snowmobiles https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XVIII/215-C/215-C-35.htm

– C:35 Loaded Firearms Forbidden. No person shall carry on a snowmobile, or a trailer towed by same, any firearms unless said firearm is unloaded. This section shall not apply to law enforcement officers carrying firearms in the course of duty or to pistols carried under a permit issued pursuant to the authority of RSA 159.

Stand Your Ground
See Title LXII Criminal Code, Chapter 627, Justification, 627:4 Physical Force in Defense of a Person http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LXII/627/627-4.htm

– A person is justified in using deadly force upon another person when he reasonably believes that such other person:
(a) Is about to use unlawful, deadly force against the actor or a third person;
(b) Is likely to use any unlawful force against a person present while committing or attempting to commit a burglary;
(c) Is committing or about to commit kidnapping or a forcible sex offense; or
(d) Is likely to use any unlawful force in the commission of a felony against the actor within such actor’s dwelling or its curtilage.