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by NHFC, Inc. on October 19, 2017

Over the past two weeks, I warned you about Rep. Stephen Shurtleff’s (D-Merrimack 11) attempt to bring California Gun Control to New Hampshire.  If you missed those emails, I posted them on our website, click here for the first email and click here for the second, more detailed update and here for the last action alert.

I am pleased to report that yesterday, October 18, the House Rules Committee voted NOT to grant an exception to the rules to allow a late bill filing.

Without any delay, anti-gun State Senator Jeff Woodburn (D-District 1) vowed to introduce and pass a senate bill to ban bump stocks.  Senator Woodburn also said that he would send Governor Chris Sununu a draft for his suggestions.

As we have previously reported, there is no way to define a bump stock without banning most popular upgrades to semi-automatic firearms.  As I told you on in a previous alert, the free market created bump stocks in response to the arguably unconstitutional 1986 ban on the sale of new machineguns.  A machinegun is actually safer than a so called bump stock because it can be held tight an aimed while a bump stock will only work if the firearm is allowed to move back and forth.  Here at NHFC we believe that the 1986 machinegun ban should be repealed.

Right now, California is the only state that bans so called “bump stocks” and Rep. Shurlteff said that:

“This bill is based on the California Penal Code,”

That’s right anti-gun Senator Woodburn is trying to bring California style gun control to New Hampshire.  Based on news reports, Senator Woodburn will most likely just copy Rep. Shurtleff’s California style gun control bill that the Rules Committee wisely rejected.

A ban on so called “bump stocks” has been filed in the US House of Representatives.  Our partners at Gun Owners of America have analyzed that bill and concluded that it will ban far more than just so called “bump stocks”. GOA said that:

“First, there is no way that Congress — or the administration — will be able to ban or regulate bump stocks without also opening the door to prohibitions on other parts, accessories and magazines.

This is because all of the legislative proposals currently on the table would ban ANY item or device that helps “accelerate the rate of fire” of a semi-automatic firearm.

Using that standard, you can kiss your detachable magazines goodbye!

Based on GOA’s analysis, If Senator Woodburn is able to enact a ban bump fire stocks, there are many other firearms parts and accessories that will be swept up in such a ban.  Lighter, match grade triggers, enhanced buffers for competitive shooting, polished bolts and triggers and much more.  The list of prohibited items could be virtually endless.

Unlike real machineguns, semi-automatic firearms do not have a stated cyclic rate.  They will only fire as fast as a shooter can pull, then release then pull the trigger again.  Two people, shooting the same firearm will shoot it at different speeds.  There are many lawful devices that will allow someone to shoot a semi-automatic firearm faster.  The list of prohibited items will be virtually endless and could even include magazines that use a heavier than normal spring to feed cartridges into a semi-automatic firearm.

The Second Amendment and Article 2a of the New Hampshire Constitution both say that the right of the people to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”  We at NHFC will not support any infringements of our rights — as they are not privileges from the government that can be revoked at will.To support any infringement on bump stocks will weaken our ability to oppose the next infringement that comes down the pike.

Anyone who supports a ban on bump stocks needs to realize that one can create the same “bump fire” effect using rubber bands or belt loops.  I wonder, will Rep. Shurtleff and Senator Woodburn try to ban these items next?

These are the reasons why the Shurtleff / Woodburn gun accessory ban must be stopped!  It can ban virtually anything.

Here is what you need to do to help stop Sen. Woodburn’s gun ban from becoming a reality.

First, click here for Senator Woodburn’s contact information.  Please be polite but firm when call or email him to let him know that you are well aware of his devious gun ban ideas and strongly urge him to drop the idea of banning objects at once and focus on real criminals.

After you have contacted Senator Woodburn, please click here for contact information for Governor Sununu and send the Governor this pre-written message:

Dear Governor Sununu:

I heard that Senator Woodburn is trying to persuade you to support his ban on so called bump stocks for semi-automatic firearms.  I read that you even said you are open to the idea of banning these devices.  California is the only state that bans these inanimate objects.

Please do not cooperate with Senator Woodburn and allow California style gun control to be enacted in New Hampshire.  As the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition reported,Senator Woodburn is using the recent murders in Las Vegas as an excuse to enact sweeping gun control.  I hope I can count on you to stop him and veto any gun control bills, (as defined by the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition), that might reach your desk.

The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition told me that any actions in support of banning any firearms, parts or accessories will be considered an anti-gun activity which they have promised to keep me informed about.

Thanks for your consideration.

If Senator Woodburn or Governor Sununu writes back to you please send me their response.

Thanks for your support!

In liberty,

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

Help stop the attack on semi-autos…

by NHFC, Inc. on October 18, 2017

Over the past week, I warned you about Rep. Stephen Shurtleff’s (D-Merrimack 11) attempt to bring California Gun Control to New Hampshire.  If you missed those emails, I posted them on our website, click here for the first email and click here for the second, more detailed update.

Even though the bill filing period in the New Hampshire House of Representatives is now closed, anti-gun Rep. Stephen Shurtleff has promised to ask the Rules Committee for an “exception” so that he can introduce a bill to ban so called “bump stocks”.   And anti-gun Senator Jeff Woodburn (D-District 1) promised to introduce a Senate bill if the Rules Committee won’t allow Rep. Shurtleff to introduce his bill.

Yesterday I learned that there is a new twist to Rep. Shurlteff’s attempt to persuade the House Rules Committee to grant him an exception. Something that may have never happened before.  Speaker of the House, Shawn Jasper has been nominated by Governor Sununu to be our state’s next Agriculture Commissioner.   Deputy Speaker, Rep. Gene Chandler wants to be speaker and is also a member of the House Rules Committee.   This means he is the Ranking Member of the Rules Committee.  Please make sure you (603) 374-6603 and email Rep. Chandler and deliver our message, that no gun control is acceptable and to not allow Rep. Shurtleff to introduce his bill.

Right now, California is the only state that bans so called “bump stocks” and Rep. Shurlteff said that:

“This bill is based on the California Penal Code,”

That’s right anti-gun Rep. Shurtleff is trying to bring California style gun control to New Hampshire.

But it’s even worse than that, a ban on so called “bump stocks” has been filed in the US House of Representatives.  Gun Owners of America has analyzed that bill and concluded that it will ban far more than so called “bump stocks”.  GOA said that:

“First, there is no way that Congress — or the administration — will be able to ban or regulate bump stocks without also opening the door to prohibitions on other parts, accessories and magazines.

This is because all of the legislative proposals currently on the table would ban ANY item or device that helps “accelerate the rate of fire” of a semi-automatic firearm.

Using that standard, you can kiss your detachable magazines goodbye!

Based on GOAs analysis, If Rep. Shurtleff is able to ban bump fire stocks, I am concerned about what else might be swept up in such a ban.  Lighter, match grade triggers, enhanced buffers for competitive shooting, polished bolts and triggers?  The list of prohibited items could be endless.  Unlike real machineguns, semi-automatic firearms do not have a stated cyclic rate.  They will only fire as fast as a shooter can pull, then release then pull the trigger again.  Two people, shooting the same firearm will shoot it at different speeds.  There are many lawful devices that will allow someone to shoot a semi-automatic firearm faster.  The list of prohibited items will be virtually endless and could even include magazines that use a heavier than normal spring to feed cartridges into a semi-automatic firearm.

The Second Amendment and Article 2a both say that the right of the people to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”  We at NHFC will not support any infringements of our rights — as they are not privileges from the government that can be revoked at will.To support an infringement on bump stocks will weaken our ability to oppose the next infringement that comes down the pike.

Anyone who supports a ban on bump stocks needs to realize that one can create the same “bump fire” effect using rubber bands or belt loops.  I wonder, will Rep. Shurtleff and Senator Woodburn try to ban these items next?

These are the reasons why the Shurtleff / Woodburn gun accessory ban must be stopped!  It can ban virtually anything.

Here’s what you can do to stop Rep. Shurtleff:

Click this link to see who the members of the House Rules Committee are and how to contact them.

Please send them this pre-written message:

Dear Members of the House Rules Committee:

Rep. Shurtleff is asking for an exception to the rules which would allow him to bring California style gun control to New Hampshire.  Please deny his request.  As the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition reported, Rep. Shurtleff is using the recent murders in Las Vegas as an excuse to enact sweeping gun control.  One of the benefits of New Hampshire’s citizen legislature is our limited bill filing period; this prevents reactionary bills like Rep. Shurtleff’s gun accessory ban. The filing period is over, please do not waive the rules to allow Rep. Shurtleff to introduce his bill.

The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition told me that any exceptions granted by your committee are similar to two-thirds of the House of Representatives supporting Rep. Shurtleff’s request for a late bill introduction and will be considered an anti-gun vote.

Thanks for your consideration. 

Please email all members of the Rules Committee and if any of the members of the House Rules Committee respond to you, please send me a copy of their reply.

You should also contact Senator Woodburn and let him know that you know about his devious gun ban ideas and urge him to drop the idea of banning objects at once and focus on real criminals.

Thanks for your support!

In liberty,

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

California gun control in New Hampshire?

October 13, 2017

A few days ago I told you about the reactionary responses to the Las Vegas murderer by politicians who hate the Second Amendment and were just waiting for an excuse to take away your civil right to be armed.  Click here if you missed my email. Even though the bill filing period in the New […]

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Gun accessory ban in New Hampshire?

October 6, 2017

The entire Board of Directors and leadership team at the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, Inc. is deeply saddened by the loss of human life earlier this week in Las Vegas.  We want to extend our sincere condolences to the families of those who were brutally murdered and our wishes for a speedy and full recovery […]

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Anti-gun bills are coming…

October 6, 2017

I’m both elated and concerned at the same time.  The summer is over and the bill filing period has opened and that means legislators may submit bills for the 2018 Session of the General Court.  While I don’t want to rush to judgement, there are a few titles, sponsored by those Representatives who have in […]

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Danger on the Southern border….

July 23, 2017

If you carry a concealed handgun, danger lurks on our Southern border.  I am not talking about Mexico! Recently, the Massachusetts State Police arrested a Freemont, New Hampshire man for the so called “crime” of carrying a concealed handgun without a license and bragged about it on their Facebook page. Wow, carrying without a license!  […]

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Important Information, Senate District 16…

July 19, 2017

A special election is being held on July 25  for the State Senate in District 16 because Senator Scott McGlivray passed away.  District 16 includes: The towns of Dunbarton, Bow, Hooksett and Candia and Wards 1, 2, 12 in the City of Manchester NHFC mailed an extensive candidate questionnaire to all the candidates who filed […]

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Former Commissioner defending rogue agency….

July 3, 2017

In May, NHFC exposed anti-gun statements by some guy named Bill Carney who was once a Fish and Game Commissioner.  Mr. Carney seems to blindly defend the anti-gun, anti-freedom activities of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and Commission. Mr. Carney is still blindly defending the anti-gun Fish and Game Commission.  He claims that […]

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Attorney General scolds Fish and Game…

June 20, 2017

I want to take a few minutes to update you on events that have occurred pertaining to the Fish and Game Commission. Because of your phone calls and emails, on June 7, the Executive Council once again tabled the nomination of anti-gun David Patch for another 5 year term on the Fish and Game Commission.  […]

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Action needed, Vote coming soon on anti-gun David Patch….

June 3, 2017

You may have heard, on May 17, the Executive Council once again tabled the nomination of anti-gun David Patch for another 5 year term on the Fish and Game Commission.  Your calls and emails are working.  That is why the Executive Council keeps pushing off voting on anti-gun David Patch. You may also have read […]

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