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Important Information, Senate District 16…

by NHFC, Inc. on 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 to run for this seat.

These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to our extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s views on Second Amendment issues.

I have been involved in firearms civil rights issues for close to 30 years and I can assure you, based on my extensive experience, that candidates who refuse to answer questions, are in most instances, hostile to your civil right to bear arms.

If you are a resident of Senate District 16, NHFC, Inc. hopes that you will find this information useful when you vote in the special election on July 25.  Please also feel free to share this information with friends and family members who may live in State Senate District 16.

David Boutin (R) A
Jason Dubrow, (L) A*S
Kevin Cavanaugh (D) D, RS

Former Senator David Boutin (R) responded 100% pro gun and we have graded him an A.  In addition to his survey, Senator Boutin made specific, written commitments to NHFC to vigorously defend and expand our right to keep and bear arms.   As a previous office holder, Senator Boutin had a mixed voting record.  However, in the 2015/2016 State Senate Session he voted 100% pro-gun.  He voted for Constitutional Carry twice (SB 116 and HB 582) and he voted for SB 336, a bill that would have clearly defined what makes a person suitable to receive a pistol/revolver license.  Sadly, all of these pro-gun reform bills were vetoed by former, anti-gun Governor Maggie Hassan.

Jason Dubrow submitted a perfect survey to NHFC.  One should note, Mr. Dubrow has never held an elective office that has decided a firearms issue and therefore does not have a voting record to back up his survey responses.  With that said, we see no reason to believe that he would vote against the gun owners.

Kevin Cavanaugh has been endorsed by an extensive list of anti-gun politicians, organizations and activists.  Including, former Congressman Dick Swett, who is considered by many to be New Hampshire’s father of the Clinton semi-auto gun and magazine ban.  As recently as January 13, 2016, he was still proud of that vote!  When a candidate is supported by Dick Swett and people like Senators Dan Feltes, Lou D’Allesandro, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, it is not very hard to predict that Mr. Cavanaugh will likely vote against your Second Amendment civil rights should he get elected to the Senate District 16 seat.  Furthermore, Mr. Cavanaugh decided to ignore our survey which in most cases shows an outright hostility towards the right to bear arms.  He did, however, return the Live Free or Die Alliance survey and wrote:
“I support mandatory background checks for all gun purchases.”

That’s right, Kevin Cavanaugh seems to support legislation that was recently defeated, that would send you to jail for selling, loaning or giving a personally owned firearm to a friend or family member.  We have seen and heard this before and we know what mandatory background checks mean.  Fees, delays and even, potentially, a gun registration scheme to help enforce those mandatory background checks.  In addition to getting an RS for refusing to return our survey, Mr. Cavanaugh has certainly earned his report card grade of D.

Here is what NHFC Report Card 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 Grade is solely based on survey, without a voting record to back it up.

In liberty,

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

Former Commissioner defending rogue agency….

by NHFC, Inc. on 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 a Union Leader Editorial which said the Commission voted in opposition to SB 12, Constitutional Carry is “fake news” and he went on to say it was not truthful.  It is Mr. Carney and Hawkeye who are not being truthful and peddling “fake news”.  Mr. Carney is blindly defending an anti-gun agency. The facts are not in dispute, not by the Commissioners, not by the Executive Council and not by anyone who has been paying even the slightest amount of attention to this important issue; that on January 11, 2017 the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to oppose SB 12, Constitutional Carry.   Click here to see the minutes and go to page 6.

Mr. Carney has completely misrepresented a 2006 letter from Senior Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Patterson.  Mr. Carney claims the Attorney General’s office gave the Fish and Game Commission “permission” to weigh in on bills like SB 12. Mr. Carney said, “… the commission is very much within their rights to discuss this legislation”.  Contrary to Mr. Carney’s assertion, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH, NHFC has reviewed a copy of the November 15, 2006 letter.  In fact the letter explains how the legislature has curtailed the Fish and Game Commission from taking a position on bills like SB 12 and HB 84 (carrying loaded rifles). The letter speaks mostly about the Commissions role with respect to the Executive Director and Department employees, but clearly does NOT give permission to the Commission to become involved in any issue they please.  The letter also includes a list of the duties enumerated in RSA 206:4, which includes:

“Establishment of positions on proposed legislation that affects fish, wildlife, and marine resources and the overall management of the fish and game department.”

And as we previously explained by quoting our current Attorney General Gordon MacDonald’s opinion:

“The subject matter of Senate Bill 12 – pistol-and-revolver regulation – is outside of those defined areas.”

I just don’t understand why Mr. Carney continues to blindly defend a rogue, anti-gun state agency.

In my last alert, I told you about an opinion from the current Attorney General, Gordon MacDonald which said:

“Legislation affecting firearms is not one the enumerated subject matters appearing in RSA 206:4a, V.  Nonetheless, we understand that the department has annually reviewed firearm-related legislation, as reflected in meeting minutes. According to the Department, the purpose of the review is to assess potential impacts on hunting seasons for game animals, its law enforcement division and its enforcement of specific statutes governing how and when firearms are used during hunting seasons…”

In Mr. Carney’s latest screed, which was published in Hawkeye, he attempts to chastise me, derisively referring to me as “Mr. Training Director” while he goes on a rant about all the people whom he knows, including himself, who have allegedly been killed or injured by firearms which were presumably handled improperly.  I wasn’t there, and I didn’t read any of the police or hospital reports of these alleged incidents so I don’t know what really happened.  However, it seems that Mr. Carney has far more in common with the gun prohibitionist movement than mainstream firearms civil rights activists.  He keeps repeating the refrain that it is unsafe to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and like a certain part of the human anatomy, everyone seems to have an opinion.  Sure, when hunter education is taught in New Hampshire, people are told not to transport a loaded rifle or shotgun because that is unlawful in New Hampshire.  I can assure you that in the states where transporting a loaded rifle or shotgun is legal people are taught a different curriculum that does not discourage the carrying of loaded rifles and shotguns.

Yes, I do advocate repealing the prohibition on carrying loaded rifles and shotguns in vehicles.  And yes, I am a firearms instructor and instructor trainer.  I teach people how to use guns safely and properly.  I teach people how to hold, transport, load and unload all sorts of firearms.  I teach people to shoot.  I have spent thousands of hours training people in trigger finger discipline, “keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot” and basic learning points such as “don’t point a firearm at anything you are not prepared to destroy”.   So, yes, I stand by what I said, Mr. Carney is most certainly clueless when it comes to both firearms civil rights and the practical use of firearms.  He seems to think the only safe gun is an unloaded gun.  I prefer to rely upon good solid training and trusting that people will use their brains when exercising their Second Amendment civil rights.

Mr. Carney attempted to take me to task because of my comments about some anti-gun Conservation Officers charging a turkey hunter who was to close to the road and another turkey hunter who was to close to a building.  The point I was making, based on what I saw in episodes of North Woods Law: New Hampshire, is that without the forced confessions and the hunters being forced to take the gun ban activist Conservation Officers back to the site(s), the Conservation Officers had nothing.  Please don’t forget your right to remain silent, and if approached by a Conservation Officer, please understand that they are doing the field work for the Bloomberg gun ban organizations.

People like Bill Carney and other hunting and fishing advocates can continue to defend this rogue, out of control, anti-gun state agency within our state government.  The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition will continue to shine the spotlight on their abusive, and in some cases unlawful activities until the legislature forces them to change.

SB 48 is a good start. It will create a commission to study the Fish and Game Department and it’s funding sources and what needs to be reformed.  It seems for the next 2 fiscal years the anti-gun Fish and Game Department is receiving a $1.5 million dollar bailout from our general tax revenues because their overhead is too high and their fees no longer cover their operating costs. Money that is in addition to over $69 million they already receive from federal taxes on firearms and ammunition, ATV and snowmobile registration fees and exorbitant hunting and fishing license fees and other license fees.  The legislature recently gave the Executive Director the authority to set fees and it seems that there is no end in sight to the increases.   I read the budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and I think I found some of the waste:

The Executive Directors Officer: $1.8 Million
The Fish and Game Commission: $2.2 Million
TOTAL OBVIOUS WASTE: $4 Million

I don’t know if its mismanagement, intentional gouging or just plain wasteful spending, however, it is outrageous that after the department has received and blown through over $60 million they are seeking a taxpayer bail out.

I was told the Fish and Game Department was self funding, self sufficient.  I guess I was lied to!

A closing thought: The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has an administrative rule that forces hunters to take Conservation Officers back to the  kill site and answer questions.

(m)  If requested by the department, any person taking a deer shall take fish and game personnel back to the kill site, the site of carcass evisceration, or both, for purposes such as, but not limited to, verification of kill site or to obtain ovaries or other biological samples left behind.

Wow!  No wonder they routinely violate peoples Constitutional rights; there is a rule that says they can! 

I don’t condone law breaking, but I respect the Constitution enough to remind everyone that you have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, do not answer questions or cooperate in any way with Conservation Officers.

We must push for reform.  I do not plan to stop publicizing the abuses of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  Please email me and let me know if your civil rights have been violated by a Conservation Officer.

In liberty,

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

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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Patch, just another bureaucrat who is full of hot air…

May 29, 2017

We have received several calls and emails asking why we are so vigorously opposing anti-gun David Patch for another 5 year term on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.  Many folks are rightfully confused because Mr. Patch owns a gun store and talks about firearms.  However, that’s all it is, double talk from a […]

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Council put Patch nomination on table, we need your help…

May 13, 2017

On May 3, the Executive Council voted to table the nomination of anti-gun David Patch and that means  we still need calls and emails to defeat this anti-gun activist.  Click here for details on how to do that.  Please don’t forget to take action! If you have been reading my recent emails you know that […]

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You’re help is still needed, we need to stop David Patch…

May 8, 2017

Last week I promised that I would keep you informed about the status of the nomination of anti-gun David Patch to serve another 5 year term on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission. I have recently learned that Governor Sununu placed David Patch on the Governor’s and Council Agenda for Wednesday, May 3. Sadly, […]

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Last weeks action in Concord….

May 8, 2017

I want to send you a report of last week’s action in Concord. On Wednesday, April 19, I attended the Executive Council meeting to see who would vote for and who would vote against anti-gun Fish and Game Commissioner David Patch.   There was no vote and his name was not on the agenda.  I suspect […]

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Your help is needed…

April 18, 2017

This will be a busy week in Concord and I really need your help with two important tasks. First, we are working hard to decriminalize the carrying of loaded rifles and shotguns.  For details, please click here and then please take action as explained below. To help decriminalize carrying loaded rifles and shotguns, please do […]

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Help us decriminalize carrying rifles and shotguns….

April 15, 2017

A few weeks ago I told you about how the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee sold out to the anti-gun activists from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and gutted HB 84 which was introduced by Rep. Mark Proulx (R- Hillsborough 44), to decriminalize carrying loaded rifles and shotguns. I explained […]

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