In a lot of places, but most notably the post civil war south, firearms were closely regulated to keep them out of "the wrong hands". The local sheriff got to determine who was of "good character" and thus entitled to own a firearm. Oddly enough, blacks were hardly ever judged to be "suitable" for the
The word "suitable" in the N.H. statute is thus a dog whistle, reminding all concerned of the past and present policies of the Democratic party. Move to the back of the bus boy, and don't forget, vote Quimby.