Disclaimer: To get started, we want to share a small disclaimer. We are dedicated and proud supporters of everything 2nd amendment, but we are not lawyers. So, before you take what you read here and run with it, you will want to double-check all of your local or state gun laws. Make sure you are up to date on any special regulations that may apply to you and your situation. Gun laws are always changing and always do your part to stay up to date with the newest and current laws.
This information is provided as a service to the public. It is NOT intended to be taken as legal advice and should never be considered as such. Make sure to do your own research as you and you alone are responsible for your own actions.
This is a developing list of information we intend to update regularly to stay accurate and current. If you see a discrepancy or a mistake with your home state’s laws that we’ve covered, feel free to let us know so we can correct it. Thank you and stay safe!
What is an 80% Lower?
An 80% lower receiver is an unfinished and unserialized blank which requires some machining work from the end user to turn it into a 100% lower receiver, otherwise, what is legally considered as a firearm. 80 lowers are missing the trigger pocket and three holes that need to be milled and drilled out to be completed. Unless states have passed their own laws barring the possession or sales of 80% products; pending the ATF's updated decision from the most recent proposed rule 2021R-05 80% lowers are completely legal, not considered firearms and thus can be shipped straight to your front door. No FFL required. To explore the 80% lower receiver products we have to offer, check out our multiple collections.
Are 80 Lowers Legal In New Hampshire?
As of this guide’s initial publish date, 80% lower receivers and frames are not considered as firearms by the ATF and are legal to ship directly to buyers residing in the state of New Hampshire.
Do I Need to Serialize My 80 Lower in New Hampshire?
If you build out your own firearms starting with 80 lowers in New Hampshire you do not need to serialize the lower receiver or frame as there are currently no laws requiring citizens to do so. Should you wish to serialize your lower receiver you certainly can if necessary through our 80 lower engraving services.
Key Gun Laws in New Hampshire
Other than laws regarding 80 lowers, these are the key gun laws you should be aware of if you reside or are traveling through New Hampshire.
Firearm Possession and Purchase Requirements
New Hampshire doesn’t actually have any minimum age for the possession of firearms and does not penalize the sale of a long gun to a minor. However, federal laws still apply which means: Handgun buyers must be at least 21 years old and 18 years old to buy a long gun. No extra permits or licenses are required for either handgun or long gun purchases. The normal exceptions for minors above the age of 14 in possession of firearms apply as well which include when attending a hunter’s or firearms safety course, using the gun for target practice or recreational shooting at an established range, involved in an organized competition, hunting or trapping with a valid license, traveling to and from these events, or at their own residence with permission and supervision of a parents or a legal guardian.
Firearm purchases generally require a background check but private party transfers do not (Dealer Record of Sale also known as 4473 form or “DROS”). While federal law requires federal firearm license holders (“FFL’s”:) to initiate background checks on buyers prior to the sale of a firearm, federal law also allows states to serve as their own “point of contact” and conduct their own background checks via state, federal records or databases, as well as the option to use the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database. New Hampshire is a partial point of contact for the NICS and as a result, dealers must conduct their background checks by going through the New Hampshire Department of Safety “DOS.”
Open and Concealed Carrying
New Hampshire is a “shall-issue” and permitless carry state. That means anyone at least 18 years old can carry concealed or openly in public so long as they’re not prohibited from possessing firearms. Ccw’s are still issued for reciprocity purposes in the form of “PRL’s” or Pistol/Revolver Licenses. They are also offered for non-residents. Some areas are off-limits so please look into where those areas might be. Concealed carry applicants must only be 18 years old and legally allowed purchase/possess a firearm. No classes or state approved training is required. For more details on New Hampshire’s policies check out their reciprocity map here.
There are no NFA weapons or items restrictions in New Hampshire when it comes to purchasing and possessing them. However, there are some restrictions in how they may be legally used such as when hunting (suppressors cannot be used to hunt any wildlife in NH). There are also no “assault weapon” bans in the state of New Hampshire.
Magazine Capacity Restrictions
There are no magazine capacity restrictions in New Hampshire. Enjoy those drums and belt-fed box magazines! We carry plenty of standard capacity magazines like Lancer's 30-round Warfighter mag. Our favorite color is the translucent smoke one.
Mandatory Storage Requirements
There are no mandatory storage requirements for firearms in New Hampshire, however, you should still exercise caution and can be tried for negligently leaving your guns accessible to children. If you need some good ideas or best practices for storing your guns and gear here are 5 ways to store your firearms at home.
New Hampshire is a castle doctrine state and has a stand your ground law, which means people are not required to retreat if possible before returning fire or responding to a threat with lethal force so long as they themselves did not provoke the situation.
Armor piercing rounds and exploding ammunition is prohibited in New Hampshire. To buy ammo in New Hampshire no license is needed for the sale, purchase or possession of it. Sellers also do not have to keep a record of their ammo sales/transactions. All online purchases of ammunition require buyers to be at least 21 years of age.
Start Your Next 80 Lower Build with 80% Arms!
New Hampshire residents are completely free to build their own firearms from 80 lowers and frames without any required serialization or FFL transactions. It's the perfect state to take advantage of your constitutional Second Amendment right and freedom to keep and bear arms. That includes 80% Arms! Grab our patented lower jig and some buddies to enjoy that freedom together and let us know if you need any advice with your build at any point in the process. Friends, live free.