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The time is now to reclaim our rights…

by NHFC, Inc. on January 15, 2017

The time is NOW to end New Hampshire’s ban on the carrying of loaded rifles or shotguns in vehicles and boats. Rep. Mark Proulx, (R-Hillsborough – 44) has introduced HB 84 which will have a public hearing before the New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee on Tuesday, January 17, at 1:30 PM in Room 307 of the Legislative Office Building.

For far too long, firearms owners have faced arrest and prosecution just for having in their car, a loaded rifle or shotgun.

This is a “possessory” only firearms offense. Such laws are common in places with nasty, repressive firearm laws, e.g., New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. In such places, a law-abiding person can be turned into a criminal just for having a 30-round magazine or hollow-point ammunition. It is simply wrong for a New Hampshire resident to be put on the wrong side of the law, just for having in his/her car a loaded rifle or shotgun.  Other states do not have such a prohibition.

Consider this, if you or anyone you know, owns or uses a motor home, they cannot keep a loaded shotgun in that motor home for self defense.  This is because the ban includes all motor vehicles, with no exceptions!

You should not lose your right to self defense just because you are in a motor home.

Supporters of the rifle and shotgun ban claim that it helps to curb poaching. RUBBISH!!!  Poachers – by definition are law-breakers – ignore the ban and other controls on hunting.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, has, for far to long used their name and resources to oppose legislation that is protective of Second Amendment civil rights. Poachers can abuse many other items often kept in cars: flashlights, snacks, etc. Bears adore doughnuts, snack cakes, etc. We wonder, is the Department next going to try to ban flashlights and doughnuts from being carried in cars?  Will Fish and Game Officers stake-out Dunkin’ Donuts?  The prohibition on loaded rifles and shotguns in vehicles is an anti-Second Amendment law and it must be repealed.

Rep. Proulx sponsored a similar bill in 2016.  That bill was met by stiff anti-gun opposition from the Chief of Fish & Game Law Enforcement, Colonel Kevin Jordan.  Click here to read a report on anti-gun Colonel Jordan.  We expect similar opposition this year.  It is vital that you attend the hearing on January 17 and make your voice heard!

The ban on loaded rifles/shotguns in cars simply promotes the entrapment of the law-abiding.  We have received reports from the field that when hunters are exiting the woods, sometimes, a Fish and Game Officer is waiting near their vehicle and asks to see a hunting license.  The hunter, who is properly licensed, immediately complies and when he does so he sometimes places his rifle on his vehicle and then receives a ticket for a loaded rifle in or on a vehicle.  HB 84 will stop this sort of abuse.

Further, AR-type rifles – especially those with collapsible stocks – are an excellent all-purpose self-defense firearm, for in-home or in-vehicle use.

75% of New Hampshire residents live in rural areas: a sudden encounter with a wild animal or criminal is a daily risk and law enforcement in rural areas could take as long as 30 or 40 minutes to respond. Cars break-down. Tires go flat. Those driving in rural areas should ALWAYS have handy a loaded rifle or shotgun.  Helping the law abiding to protect themselves is far more important than preventing poaching!

The 25% of us, who do live in cities or big towns, shouldn’t be at risk of prosecution for having a loaded rifle or shotgun in our car or truck, in an area where’s there’s nothing to hunt (except maybe bargains on Route 101A in Amherst or Nashua or South Willow Street in Manchester).

Further, a New Hampshire Supreme Court decision requires any police officer – wishing to search a car – to get a search warrant.  Your car is just like your home! Therefore, just as you may possess a loaded rifle or shotgun in your home, you should be able to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in your car.

Here is what you can do to help.  Click here to send an email to all of the members of New Hampshire House Fish and Game and Marine Resources.  Urge them to vote HB 84 “ought to pass” without any amendments!

If you are available on Tuesday, January 17, please attend the hearing in the Legislative Office Building Room 307.  Please either sign the blue form that you support HB 84 or fill in a pink card and request to speak in favor of the bill.

Please click here to email all members of the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee. Click here for a committee roster, if you live in one of their districts please call or send a personalized email.  Please remember to be polite but firm when you ask them to vote HB 84 “ought to pass” without any amendments!

Urge your legislators to vote for 84. It will make New Hampshire residents safer, from abusive conservation officers and violent criminals.

Thanks for your support.

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

Constitutional Carry Legislative Update…

by NHFC, Inc. on January 15, 2017

The calendar has turned to 2017 and the New Hampshire General Court is back in session.  NHFC is working very hard to pass Constitutional Carry this year.  I want to give you a quick legislative update so you know what the Board Members are doing and what you can do to help.

Yesterday, I attended and testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing for SB 12, Constitutional Carry on behalf of both NHFC and our partners at Gun Owners of America.  This is a simple bill that merely says, if a person is lawfully allowed to possess a firearm than that same person may carry a concealed handgun without any sort of permit or license.  SB 12 has 13 Senators and 5 Representatives as co-sponsors.  It accomplishes this goal by repealing R.S.A. 159:4, Carrying without a license.

I am happy to report that the Judiciary Committee voted the bill “ought to pass” on a 3-2 vote.  The bill now moves to the full Senate where it may be considered as early as next week.  Please call or email your Senators and politely ask them to vote SB 12 “ought to pass” without any amendments or changes.  Click here for contact information on all Senators.

Please remember to be polite but firm when you ask Senators to support SB 12.  Some talking points include the fact that Vermont has never required a license or permit to carry a firearm and in 2015, Maine removed it’s permit requirement.  All 3 Northern New England states are consistently ranked as 3 of the safest places to live, work and play.  It makes logical sense for New Hampshire to follow the lead of our neighbors and 8 other states and remove an onerous, unconstitutional requirement that has racism as its roots.

Current New Hampshire law allows people to openly carry a firearm without any sort of license.  SB 12 extends this logic to concealed carry.  A person should not become a criminal for putting on a coat or getting into a car.

Please also remind Senators that there are several documented cases of people who are lawfully allowed to own a firearm who were denied a Pistol / Revolver license.  SB 12 will stop this abuse by removing the requirement to obtain a license and making it clear that for anyone who would like a license for purposes of reciprocity in the 27 states that currently honor the New Hampshire license, SB 12 changes the law to read “… unless the applicant is prohibited by New Hampshire or federal statute from possessing a firearm.”  These simple words do away with the 94 year old “suitable person” language that has been abused to deny qualified people licenses.

Please remember to be polite but firm when you contact State Senators.

Thanks for your support.

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

Final comments on Ayotte’s defeat…

November 12, 2016

We have been hearing from a few gun owners who were confused by the grade we gave to anti-gun, soon to be former US Senator Kelly Ayotte, I have decided to send everyone an email explanation. NHFC does not grade candidates based upon who their opponent is or whether or not we or the pollsters […]

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General Grades

October 23, 2016

Over the last few weeks, we have been hard at work grading the candidates who did not have contested primaries. You can view the full list of grades here. Please contact those politicians who do not have good grades and tell them they need to reform their view of the Second Amendment.

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2016 Primary Election Grades

September 12, 2016

Last week Scott told you about the release of our 2016 Primary Election Grades.  Click here to see our grades. I am writing today to remind you to carefully study them before Tuesday, September 13.  I also want to call your attention to a few selected races.  We told you in some detail about the […]

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Primary Grades

September 5, 2016

Over the last few weeks we have released some of our grades.  We have finished grading all the candidates who are involved in a primary race.  Veiw our 2016 Primary Grades here.

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Grades for Gubernatorial Candidates….

August 31, 2016

Last month we released our grades for incumbents and their challengers running for reelection to federal offices.  If you missed the email click here to see the incumbents grades and click here to see the challengers grades. Now it is time to add to that list by releasing the grades for all candidates running for […]

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NHFC Candidate Grades – 2nd Release… Challengers…

August 8, 2016

Last month we released our grades for incumbents running for reelection to federal offices.  If you missed the email click here to see those grades. Now it is time to add to that list by releasing the grades of the challengers of those candidates. As with the incumbents, we carefully consider bill sponsorship, (some challengers […]

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NHFC Candidate Grades – 1st Release…

July 25, 2016

As you may know, each election cycle the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition publishes a scorecard which uses report style letter grades.  Our grades are intended to help you, the law abiding New Hampshire firearms owners, to determine who stands up to support Second Amendment civil rights and who works against your civil right to be […]

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Good guy with a gun prevents mass murder…

July 4, 2016

As we celebrate America’s Birthday, I wanted to let you know about some self defense gun uses.  The anti-gun crowd loves to falsely state that it never happens, and it never will… but just last week we learned about another case of: A Good guy with a gun preventing a mass shooting… Not only has […]

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