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Rifles in cars, follow up report…

by NHFC, Inc. on January 30, 2016

I attended the the House Transportation Committee hearing on HB 1132, rifles in cars on Tuesday, January 26 in the House Transportation Committee.  I want to give you a report on what happened.

I testified for NHFC and Gun Owners of America at the public hearing.  I patiently explained to the Committee that this is not a hunting or wildlife issue.  I told them that the ability to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in a car is a Second Amendment civil rights issue.  You can click here to read my prepared testimony.

Col. Kevin Jordan testified for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. I was outraged when Col. Jordan attacked head-on, your Second Amendment civil right to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in your car.

Citing no authority, Col. Jordan argued that only conservation officers and police officers have enough training to have in their vehicles a loaded rifle or shotgun. Col. Jordan also claimed this is a hunting and fishing issue. RUBBISH!!!  This is by its very nature, a Second Amendment civil rights issue.

Col. Jordan was silent as to how poachers have been prosecuted in recent years.  Yet, Col Jordan uses poaching as a pretext to ban your having a loaded rifle or shotgun in your car.

The number of hunting licenses purchased has fallen in recent years. To offset this lost income, New Hampshire Fish and Game now receives tax dollars. It is outrageous that your tax dollars partly fund Col. Jordan’s effort (salary) to curb your civil right to be armed. Perhaps the drop in hunting licenses results from heavy-handed New Hampshire Fish and Game policies. Some New Hampshire residents may find Maine nicer to non-resident hunters, than is New Hampshire to its residents. Fish and Game’s harsh policies damage New Hampshire’s economy.

Another witness – a representative of the New Hampshire Guides Association – opined that the ban on the carrying in cars of loaded rifles and shotguns was to protect proper hunting principles, e.g., fair chase. He claimed that some would hunt from moving vehicles, were it lawful to have loaded rifles or shotguns in vehicles.

Not so!!! If this ban were repealed, it would still be unlawful to hunt from a moving or stopped vehicle.

NHFC Secretary and State Representative J.R. Hoell (R-Dunbarton), testified that he’s had many reports of hunters – returning to their vehicles – being asked by a Conservation Officer to show their hunting license. If a hunter, in his/her haste to comply, rests a rifle or shotgun on the vehicle (or if they place it in the vehicle) – without first unloading it – they are cited for having a loaded rifle or shotgun in or on their vehicle. Such nastiness by Conservation officers devalue Rule of Law.

Please don’t think I’m anti-hunting or that I do not appreciate New Hampshire’s wildlife and natural resources. Since 2001, I’ve held a lifetime New Hampshire combination hunting and fishing license. I thoroughly enjoy all that New Hampshire’s woods and streams have to offer.  I also recognize that certain hunting regulations are essential. But it is dishonest to claim that sound management of our valuable wildlife resources requires the sacrifice of your Second Amendment civil right to be armed.  It does not.  The Second Amendment, the right to BEAR ARMS has nothing to do with hunting and I will continue to support and defend the Second Amendment just as I have done for many, many years.

Please, if you haven’t already done so, call or click here to e-mail all the members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Transportation Committee. Urge them to vote HB 1132 “Ought to Pass” without ANY amendments.

The following State Representatives are members of the House Transportation Committee, click on their name to send a personalized email (especially if you live in one of their districts).  Please remember to be polite but firm when you ask them to vote HB 1132 “ought to pass” without any amendments!

Chairman  Representative Steven Smith (r) (603)826-5940
Vice Chairman  Representative Thomas Walsh (r) (603)623-4104
Representative Thomas Laware (r) (603)826-3137
Representative Sherman Packard (r)     (603)432-3391
Representative Brian Chirichiello (r) (603)432-0799
Representative Karel Crawford (r) (603)253-7857
Representative Bruce Hodgdon (r)  (603)942-5264
Representative Larry Gagne (r)    (603)625-9692
Representative G. Thomas Cardon (r) (607)437-4847
Representative Russell Dumais (r)  (603)293-2014
Representative Werner Horn (r)     (603)470-9667
Representative Chris True (r) (603)887-2793
Representative George Sykes (d)   (603)448-0319
Representative Michael O’Brien (d) (603)888-8051
Representative Timothy Soucy (d) (603)305-5012
Representative Gladys Johnsen (d)    (603)358-5164
Representative Dick Patten (d)     (603)228-1803
Representative Pamela Brown (d)     (603)930-6999
Representative Michael Abbott (d) (603)336-7090
Representative Alan Cohen (d)     (603)889-0965

Finally, call (603) 271-3511 or email Glenn Normandeau, the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and let him know that you are very upset that Col. Jordan is using his position and department resources to pursue an anti-gun agenda.

Thanks for your support.

In Liberty,

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

It’s time to reclaim lost rights…

by NHFC, Inc. on January 26, 2016

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 has introduced HB 1132 which will have a public hearing before the New Hampshire House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, January 26, at 10:20 AM in Room 203 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.

Supporters of the rifle 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.

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 1132 will stop this sort of abuse.

Further, AR-type rifles – especially 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 Transportation Committee.  Urge them to vote HB 1132 “ought to pass” without any amendments!

If you are available on Tuesday, January 26, please attend the hearing in the Legislative Office Building Room 203.  Please either sign the blue form that you support HB 1132 or fill in a pink card and request to speak in favor of the bill.

The following State Representatives are members of the House Transportation Committee, click on their name to send a personalized email (especially if you live in one of their districts).  Please remember to be polite but firm when you ask them to vote HB 1132 “ought to pass” without any amendments!

Chairman  Representative Steven Smith (r) (603)826-5940
Vice Chairman  Representative Thomas Walsh (r) (603)623-4104
Representative Thomas Laware (r) (603)826-3137
Representative Sherman Packard (r)     (603)432-3391
Representative Brian Chirichiello (r) (603)432-0799
Representative Karel Crawford (r) (603)253-7857
Representative Bruce Hodgdon (r)  (603)942-5264
Representative Larry Gagne (r)    (603)625-9692
Representative G. Thomas Cardon (r) (607)437-4847
Representative Russell Dumais (r)  (603)293-2014
Representative Werner Horn (r)     (603)470-9667
Representative Chris True (r) (603)887-2793
Representative George Sykes (d)   (603)448-0319
Representative Michael O’Brien (d) (603)888-8051
Representative Timothy Soucy (d) (603)305-5012
Representative Gladys Johnsen (d)    (603)358-5164
Representative Dick Patten (d)     (603)228-1803
Representative Pamela Brown (d)     (603)930-6999
Representative Michael Abbott (d) (603)336-7090
Representative Alan Cohen (d)     (603)889-0965

Urge your legislators to vote for HB 1132. It will make New Hampshire residents safer, from abusive conservation officers and violent criminals.

Thanks for your support.

In Liberty, Scott A. Krauss
President – NHFC

The Rogers Statewide Gun Ban….

January 19, 2016

I know we have recently been sending you a lot of email.  But each email includes a separate important message about our firearms civil rights in New Hampshire. 2016 seems to be the year in which the gun ban elites are attempting to enact significant infringements on your right to keep and bear arms.   One […]

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Chris Christie: Just another lying politician!

January 18, 2016

If you watched the Republican Presidential debate on January 14, 2016 you may have been as shocked as I was to hear anti-gun New Jersey Governor Chris Christie claim he made it easier to obtain a carry permit in New Jersey.  Christie lied. It is virtually impossible for law abiding citizens to carry a firearm […]

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STOP THE ROGERS GUN TAX!!!

January 15, 2016

As Scott told you a little over a week ago, Rep. Katherine Rogers has introduced HB 1416, the Gun Tax of 2016.   This bill will have a public hearing on Tuesday, January 19 at 10AM in the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee. HB 1416, gives the Department of Safety the authority to charge “a […]

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Trump on the 2nd Amendment

January 8, 2016

Many of our members and friends have asked us to report on Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.  We had to work very hard to find credible information on Mr. Trump’s positions on important Second Amendment issues. The first place I looked was in Mr. Trump’s book: “Crippled America How to Make America Great Again” wherein he […]

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Important NHFC Updates…

January 3, 2016

Last week, at the annual New Hampshire Firearms Coalition Board of Directors Organizational Meeting, I was honored and humbled that the Board chose me to serve as NHFC President.  I know that following Jon, I have some mighty big shoes to fill.  The Board also selected long time Board Member, Alan Rice to serve as […]

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Christie’s newest anti-gun trick…

December 24, 2015

In a desperate attempt to convince the public that he supports the Second Amendment, the virulently anti-gun New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie,  applauded a report by a “commission” that he created and filled with his pals, to “study” New Jersey’s notoriously anti-gun laws.The report is simply a restatement of the constant complaints by citizens which […]

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More on the Christie anti-gun record…

December 16, 2015

I know that we have been sending a lot of email lately.  We don’t want to overwhelm you but we do want to keep you informed in “real time” as we receive important new information. Last week wrote to you about all the anti-gun activities of Gov. Chris Christie, (R-NJ). Predictably, when I sent my […]

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Pro-Gun Sen. Ted Cruz

December 15, 2015

As Scott told you a week or so ago, we will be providing information on the various presidential candidates’ views on the Second Amendment. These emails are intended to educate you, the law abiding New Hampshire firearms owners.  They are not an endorsement of any particular candidate. Today I want to tell you about United […]

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