A bill that would remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed guns is on its way to the governor after the New Hampshire House passed it.
Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, is likely to sign the bill. The House passed it 200-97 on Thursday; the Senate already approved the measure.
Former Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, vetoed a similar bill the last two years.
Existing law allows anyone who can legally own a gun to carry it openly. But to carry it out of sight, such as in a purse or under a jacket, a person must get a license from local law enforcement or town officials. The police can take into consideration whether the person is "suitable" to hold a license.
The National Rifle Association says concealed carry is legal in 11 states, including Maine and Vermont.