Belmont Police Department
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Pistol Permit Information

Pistol Permit Application


Belmont Police Department 
Pistol Permit Application and Process

You may obtain a pistol permit application at the Belmont Police Station during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The permit allows you to carry a weapon concealed and to carry a loaded firearm in your vehicle.

You may fill out the pistol permit application on line by clicking on the link to the left.  You may fill it out in your computer and then print it off, sign it and bring it to the police department or you may fill out an application at the Police Station and turn it in.  Either way, you will need to furnish us with a state approved form of identification (NH Driver's License, Non-Driver ID or Passport) that shows a CURRENT physical Belmont address.

The department will perform a criminal check, and if you are approved, you may pick the permit up, usually after 5 days, at the Belmont Town Clerk's Office. The charge is $10.00 and the permit is good for 4 years.  If you are refused a permit, you will receive a certified letter from the Chief of Police.

You are not required to register your firearms with the Police Department.

You may be refused a pistol permit, or your permit may be revoked if:

  • You are deceptive on your application.

  • You are a convicted felon.

  • You are convicted of drug offenses

  • You are convicted or arrest of a crime of violence.

  • You are convicted or arrested of a crime involving domestic violence.

  • A Domestic Violence Restraining Order or Stalking Order has been issued against you.

These are not all of the reasons which could cause the denial and/or suspension of your pistol permit.  If you have any questions about permits, please contact the Chief of Police.

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Listed below are some of the State laws that pertain to pistol permits

RSA 159:4 Carrying Without License

No person shall carry a loaded pistol or revolver in any vehicle or concealed upon his person, except in his dwelling, house or place of business, without a valid license therefore as hereinafter provided. A loaded pistol or revolver shall include any pistol or revolver with a magazine, cylinder, chamber or clip in which there are loaded cartridges. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall, for the first such offense, be guilty of a misdemeanor. For the second and for each subsequent violation of the provisions of this section, such person shall be guilty of a class B felony, provided such second or subsequent violation has occurred within 7 years of the previous conviction.

RSA 159:6 License to Carry

The selectmen of a town or the mayor or chief of police of a city or some full-time police officer designated by them respectively, upon application of any resident of such town or city, or the director of state police, or some person designated by such director, upon application of a nonresident, 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. Hunting, target shooting, or self-defense shall be considered a proper purpose. The license shall be valid for all allowable purposes regardless of the purpose for which it was originally issued. The license shall be in duplicate and shall bear the name, address, description, and signature of the licensee. The original shall be delivered to the licensee and the duplicate shall be preserved by the people issuing the same for 4 years. When required, license renewal shall take place within the month of the fourth anniversary of the license holder's date of birth following the date of issuance. The license shall be issued within 14 days after application, and, if such application is denied, the reason for such denial shall be stated in writing, the original of which such writing shall be delivered to the applicant, and a copy kept in the office of the person to whom the application was made. The fee for licenses issued to residents of the state shall be $10, which fee shall be for the use of the law enforcement department of the town granting said licenses; the fee for licenses granted to out-of-state residents shall be $20, which fee shall be for the use of the state. The director of state police is hereby authorized and directed to prepare forms for the licenses required under this chapter and forms for the application for such licenses and to supply the same to officials of the cities and towns authorized to issue the licenses. No other forms shall be used by officials of cities and towns. The cost of the forms shall be paid out of the fees received from nonresident licenses.

RSA 159:6-a Confidentiality of Licenses

Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 91-A:4 or any other provision of law to the contrary, all papers and records, including applications, pertaining to the issuance of licenses pursuant to RSA 159:6 and all licenses issued pursuant to said section are subject to inspection only by law enforcement officials of the state or any political subdivision thereof or of the federal government while in the performance of official duties or upon written consent, for good cause shown, of the superior court in the county where said license was issued.

RSA 159:6-b Suspension or Revocation of License

I. The issuing authority may order a license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver issued to any person pursuant to RSA 159:6 to be suspended or revoked for just cause, provided written notice of the suspension or revocation and the reason therefore is given to the licensee. A licensee whose license has been suspended or revoked shall be permitted a hearing on such suspension or revocation if a hearing is requested by the licensee to the issuing authority within 7 days of the suspension or revocation.

II. When the licensee hereunder ceases to be a resident of the community in which the license was issued he shall notify in writing the issuing authority at his new place of residence that he has a current license. Such license shall remain in effect until it expires pursuant to RSA 159:6.

RSA 159:6-c Appeal From Denial, Suspension, or Revocation

Any person whose application for a license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver has been denied pursuant to RSA 159:6 or whose license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver has been suspended or revoked pursuant to RSA 159:6-b may within 30 days thereafter, petition the district or municipal court in the jurisdiction in which such person resides to determine whether the petitioner is entitled to a license. The court shall conduct a hearing within 14 days after receipt of the petition. During this hearing the burden shall be upon the issuing authority to demonstrate by clear and convincing proof why any denial, suspension, or revocation was justified, failing which the court shall enter an order directing the issuing authority to grant or reinstate the petitioner's license. The court shall issue its decision not later than 14 days after the hearing on whether the petitioner is entitled to a license.


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