New Hampshire is an open carry state, meaning anyone who legally owns a gun can carry the firearm in the open. But before today, gun owners needed to get a license from local police or town officials to carry a loaded firearm concealed. From today forward, there is no longer a “suitable person” permit requirement to carry concealed.
Today is the anniversary of Weare’s Pine Tree Riot of 1772, which took place 17 months before the Boston Tea Party and three years before “The Shot Heard Round the World.”
You can read more of the history here, but the gist is the British Crown overreached by mandating that New Hampshire white pine trees of a certain size remained the property of the King of England. You see, England had a navy and these ships needed masts. England had also greatly deforested its lands by now, so, like good overlords, decided to steal stuff they needed to invade and kill and wage war from the colonialists who were trying to get away from it all.