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This is a discussion on Carrying TO court, in NH? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Regardless what your state laws are, I can tell you from experience; it’s not a good idea. Back in the mid 80’s when Florida first ...

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    Regardless what your state laws are, I can tell you from experience; it’s not a good idea.

    Back in the mid 80’s when Florida first came out with their CCL program the courthouse was not off limits, so I presume it was just like before when I was a deputy sheriff. Well, I found out the hard way, they did not like civilians bring guns in the courthouse and I had to turned around and go back to my car and locked my pistol in the trunk.

    FYI: a couple years later they amended the CCL law to prohibit carrying in courthouse unless you’re a judge.


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    Like Archer pointed out it appears legal and as PRO2A and DaveH say if it is legal carry up the court and lock it I would after a call or email (in writing).

    The responses to the negative when legal is odd here. I don't say make a confrontation but if it is legal and it appears that NH took the efort to statutorily provide for our RTKBA, even up to the court house steps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tns0038 View Post
    Regardless what your state laws are, I can tell you from experience; it’s not a good idea.

    I agree that its probably not a good idea if you don't want a conflict.

    Back in the mid 80’s when Florida first came out with their CCL program the courthouse was not off limits, so I presume it was just like before when I was a deputy sheriff. Well, I found out the hard way, they did not like civilians bring guns in the courthouse and I had to turned around and go back to my car and locked my pistol in the trunk.

    This is true. The government can and will ignore its own laws when it suits them.

    FYI: a couple years later they amended the CCL law to prohibit carrying in courthouse unless you’re a judge.
    To me this was a waste of the legislatures time. If you are already ignoring a law why amend it?

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    Everybody sit down, Over the years I have taken people to small claims court in the Bronx. One person that I know of who sells cars for cash has a carry permit and takes his gun to the court house. He beeps everytime and they walk him to the office that sits on the side of the metal detectors. They have lockers to safe guard your firearms. I would call and double check your court house, but I would bet that they all have them(Please mark down whom you spoke to). I would stop prior to entering the metal detectors and show your CCW to the court officer and explain that you are carrying. They should wave you thru the detector and escort you into a private room to disarm and then wand the rest of you. Bet it is not harder than that. Please let us know.

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    Don't do it
    You'll be violating the law and subject to arrest.

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    It's not against the law for you to do so, and it seems it would be better to lock it in a supervised locker than in your unattended car. The way I look at it, it's also safer for you to have your gun for the ride to and from rather than leaving it at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superhouse 15 View Post
    It's not against the law for you to do so, and it seems it would be better to lock it in a supervised locker than in your unattended car. The way I look at it, it's also safer for you to have your gun for the ride to and from rather than leaving it at home.
    I'm with Superhouse on better to have it than to be without. I've read a couple of great accounts of trips into the courthouse in Keene by guys who carry and it seems they have a means to check your weapons there. Just let the security people know when you arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vettester2 View Post
    Don't do it
    You'll be violating the law and subject to arrest.
    Did you read (in this thread) the citation of NH RSA on this matter? It clearly states that the OP would be legal to carry to the security checkpoint, declare it and leave it secured at that location while he's in the courthouse.

    I'm not in favor of locking a gun up in a car at any courthouse that hears criminal cases . . . sorry, I just don't trust their "clientèle". I prefer the option of either "leave it at home" or "check it at the door" (where they will do that and NH states as much in the RSA).

    You are from MA I see and I can tell you that even MA courthouses have gun lockers at the security checkpoints. Some will check civilian guns, while most will only check LEO guns . . . so calling ahead if a civilian in MA is a smart move.

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    Yeah…, there are certainly other ways to test the system without so much unwanted visibility.
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