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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 have been elected to other offices), recorded roll call votes, public statements and responses to a comprehensive candidate questionnaire to make our grading determinations.  Then, after we have done all of our exhaustive research we release our scorecard. Once we release the scorecard, it is up to you the law abiding gun owner to decide who will earn your trust.

New Hampshire has the largest state legislature in America and it takes time to consider 800 plus candidates for 424 seats.  In past years, many folks have requested that we release our grades earlier.  We heard your requests and this year we are starting by releasing the grades for all incumbents seeking reelection to Federal offices.  Then, we will release grades for their challengers.  Next, we will release New Hampshire Governor and Executive Council and then, the candidates for the New Hampshire legislature.

So here are our grades for all challengers seeking election to Federal offices:

US Senate – Jim Rubens (R) A*S.  When Jim Rubens served in the New Hampshire Senate he was a reliable pro gun vote.  However, he has not held elective office since 1998 so we have assigned a grade mostly based upon his responses to our 2016 candidate questionnaire.

US Senate – Gerard Beloin (R)RS.

US Senate – Stanley Michael Emanuel (R)RS.

US Senate – Tom Alciere (R)F-RS.  Tom Alciere has previously expressed views advocating the murder of police officers.  The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition stands for the rule of law as well as the Second Amendment.  Thus, Mr. Alciere has earned his grade of F.

US Senate – Maggie Hassan (D) F RS. As Governor of New Hampshire Maggie Hassan has vetoed several pro-gun bills such as Constitutional Carry, reforming the racist term “suitable person” as well as stating in clear language that she wants to ban certain firearms and magazines.

US Congress – District 1, Rich Ashooh (R) F-RS.  Rich Ashooh has refused to respond our survey.  Normally, that would result in a grade of RS. However, he was recently heard on a radio program explaining how he supports gun control.  In other words, gun bans.  Click here for the audio.

US Congress – District 1, Michael Callis (R) RS.

US Congress – District 1, Jamieson Hale Gradert (R)RS.

US Congress – District 1, Robert Risley (R)RS.

US Congress – District 1, Carol Shea-Porter (D) F-RS.  Carol Shea-Porter has previously served in Congress and voted to restrict your civil right to bear arms.  She wants to turn the country into a police state.  Here is part of a story regarding the new “security measures” she wanted installed at the parking garage for those in Congress:

Out of concern that guns could be smuggled into House office buildings via the parking garages, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter wants a review of Capitol Police procedures for searching and screening the vehicles and drivers authorized to park in indoor lots.

Shea-Porter suggests “a more widespread use of dogs, or the installation of metal detectors and inspection stations between the garages and the rest of the complex.”

And after winning the First Congressional District Seat in 2012 by the narrowest of margins, one of her first goals was to go after firearms:

“MANCHESTER — U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter will push for Congress to enact new gun control measures in the coming year, including a ban on “high capacity” magazines for firearms.

The New Hampshire Democrat said Monday she is “determined” to help bring a vote in the U.S. House on legislation that would ban high capacity clips.”

Further on in the article it says:
“Shea-Porter said she would also be open to reinstituting a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” generally understood to mean semi-automatic rifles that meet certain criteria.

Many semi-automatic rifles were previously banned for sale to civilians in the United States under a ban that was enacted in 1994, which has since lapsed.

Discussing other facets of gun control, Shea-Porter said she would also be interested in Congress exploring expanded gun registrations, …”

All of our research shows that former member Carol Shea-Porter is looking to take away your civil right to bear arms.

US Congress – District 2,  Jim Lawrence (R) A.  When Jim Lawrence served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives he proved to be a reliable pro-gun Representative.  In addition, last year he came to Concord to support SB 116, Constitutional Carry.  Jim also completed his NHFC survey 100% pro-gun.

US Congress – District 2, Jack Flanagan (R) D-RS.  As a State Representative, Jack Flanagan has avoided votes on firearms bills.  In addition, he asked an NHFC Board Member for instructions on how to complete a candidate survey.  These actions show that Flanagan has little to no understanding of Second Amendment issues and doesn’t even want to learn.

For example, just two months ago on June 16th, 2016 when the House and Senate could have forced the Governor to sign Constitutional Carry into law, Flanagan sided with the tax and spend politicians and voted against Constitutional Carry.  This was not the first time he voted against important bills like this.   Last September, in a last ditch effort to get a budget passed, he chose to vote against the gun owners as well.  The simple “budget fix” bill SB9 that was passed on September 16th, shows that Rep. Flanagan was willing to throw the gun owners under the bus on a bill that was guaranteed to pass.

In 2013, when given the chance to reduce the fees for friends and family who carry firearms and might visit New Hampshire, Flanagan thought revenue to the state was more important than cutting the cost for those who need a non-resident New Hampshire pistol/revolver license.  The bill would have reduced the cost from $100 to $20 for your friends who come to New Hampshire and choose to carry a pistol.

Thanks for your support.

In Liberty,

Scott A. Krauss
President – NHFC

NHFC Candidate Grades – 1st Release…

by NHFC, Inc. on 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 armed.  We cannot and will not advocate for or against specific candidates.

We carefully consider bill sponsorship, recorded roll call votes, public statements and responses to a comprehensive candidate questionnaire to make our grading determinations.  Then, after we have done all of our exhaustive research we release our scorecard. Once we release the scorecard, it is up to you the law abiding gun owner to decide who will earn your trust.

New Hampshire has the largest state legislature in America and it takes time to consider 800 plus candidates for 424 seats.  In past years, many folks have requested that we release our grades earlier.  We heard your requests and this year we are starting by releasing the grades for all incumbents seeking reelection to Federal offices.  Then, we will release grades for their challengers.  Next, we will release New Hampshire Governor and Executive Council and then, the candidates for the New Hampshire legislature.

So here are our grades for all incumbents seeking reelection to Federal offices:

US Senate – Kelly A. Ayotte (R) D- Senator Ayotte has:
Consistently refused to support filibusters to stop new federal gun control;
Voted to confirm anti-gun Loretta Lynch as US Attorney General;
Recently joined with Senator Collins of Maine to restrict your right to bear arms;
Finally, Senator Ayotte also meets the definition of a “promise breaker” because she broke all of the promises that she made in 2010 when she first ran for the US Senate.  Thus, the proper grade for Senator Ayotte is D- PB.

US Congress – District 1, Frank Guinta (R) A.  As a Congressman Frank Guinta has:
Consistently voted to uphold your constitutional right to bear arms;
Congressman Guinta has sponsored several bills that would:
1) Make your New Hampshire pistol / revolver license valid in the other 49 states;
2) Sponsored a bill that would allow the sale of any firearm across state lines helping licensed gun dealers in sales tax free New Hampshire;
3) Sponsored legislation to end the ban on concealed carry in US Military installations, (including recruiting centers);
4) Has vocally opposed the anti-gun UN Small Arms Treaty;
5) fought last years stealth move by the Obama Administration to ban common .223 caliber ammunition and then, after the Obama Administration backed down, he co-sponsored a bill to prevent another administration from attempting to ban ammunition;
6) Congressman Guinta has also co-sponsored the Hearing Protection Act which removes sound suppressors from the National Firearms Act.
7) And, most recently, he fought with the weak kneed leaders of his own party to prevent any new gun control from being voted on.

US Congress – District 2, Anne Kuster (D) F Congresswoman Kuster has received a failing grade because of the numerous letters that she has sent to NHFC Members boldly declaring her support for more and more restrictive Federal gun control.  We do not expect the tiger to change her stripes.

Here is what our grades mean:

A+    2nd Amendment leader, sponsors and promotes pro-gun legislation.
A     Solid 2nd Amendment supporter, votes with NHFC, Inc. position 100%.
B     Basically pro-2nd Amendment, but lacks understanding or solid conviction.
C     Not considered a good grade. Has voted, or probably would vote against NHFC, Inc. position.
D     Expected to always vote against gun owners’ civil rights.
F     Sponsors or promotes legislation hostile to 2nd Amendment civil rights.
?     Failed to respond.
RS     Indicates a deliberate refusal to accept or respond to survey. Indicates open hostility to the Second Amendment.
PB     Has broken written promises concerning actions on Second Amendment Issues.
*S     After an “A” or “A-“, grade is solely based on survey, without a voting record to back it up.

I hope these grades are helpful.  Please watch your email for additional grades and your postal mail for a final scorecard on all candidates.

Thanks for your support.

In Liberty,

Scott A. Krauss
President – NHFC

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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Anti-gun Senator Ayotte still needs to hear from you…

June 30, 2016

Last week Scott told you about how U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte has become an anti-gun activist.  Well, it’s worse then we thought. When Scott sent his email out we knew that Senator Ayotte was teaming up with Senators Collins (R-Maine), Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Schumer (D-New York) and Graham (R-South Carolina) to place people on a secret […]

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ANTI-GUN Sen. Ayotte needs to hear from you….

June 26, 2016

As you may know, we work closely with Gun Owners of America [GOA] to protect the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. Even though most anti-gun bills failed yesterday, the fight is not over.  Anti-gun Sen. Kelly Ayotte is trying to strip you of your rights without due process. Please review this critical alert from […]

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Come Meet US Congressman Frank Guinta – Shooters Outpost, May 4, 10AM

May 2, 2016

Come meet Congressman Frank Guinta on Wednesday, May 4: Shooters Outpost 1158 Hooksett Road Hooksett, NH US Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH-1) will hold a press conference to discuss the bill he has sponsored that will allow the sales of all firearms across state lines. Because New Hampshire is the only state in the Northeast without […]

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Profiteering on gun bans…

April 25, 2016

Did you see the alert that NHFC Vice President Alan Rice sent on Friday?  If not, you can find the alert by clicking here. It is critical that you read all of the underhandedness that has been going on in Concord. For many years, we have been able to keep the anti-gun wolves at bay […]

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NASCAR affiliate Lobbyist now working for gun bans….

April 22, 2016

The gloves are off!  Anti gun former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has hired The DuPont Group, a Concord, NH based lobbying firm to push his gun-ban agenda. Shockingly, these are the same lobbyists who are employed by the New Hampshire International Motor Speedway, NASCAR and Crotched Mountain Resort.  These two New Hampshire institutions […]

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Pro Gun legislation needs your support….

April 14, 2016

As Scott told you a few weeks ago, even though there was some opposition, SB 336 passed the Senate and is now being considered by the New Hampshire House. SB 336 is an important bill, it will make clear what we have known all along; those who are legally allowed to posses firearms, automatically qualify […]

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Important Legislative Update

April 1, 2016

Alan and I have been telling you for over a year that judges have made new law.  This judge made law has created a situation where people who may lawfully purchase and possess firearms, can be and are being denied pistol/revolver licenses.  Chiefs are intentionlly abusing the “suitable person” language and are denying some applicants […]

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