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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 we are trying really hard to educate people about the anti-gun activities of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission and the Fish and Game Department.   If you missed them, they are all posted right here, on our homepage, just scroll down.

You see, David Patch and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department oppose our right to defend ourselves in a vehicle with the firearm of our choice.  The people who disagree are a minority of hunters, who at about 50,000, are a minority of New Hampshire residents, which according to the US Census Bureau, has a population of 1,334,795 million people.  A tiny minority of the population is seeking continued regulation of rifles and shotguns and a restriction of the Second Amendment rights of the majority of New Hampshire citizens and visitors to our state.  This is just plain wrong.

Sadly, a few vocal hunters think that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is their friend.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, just ask the people who have been abused by the Fish and Game Department.  The department is not only anti-gun, but is anti-Constitution.  Not only do they not support our Second Amendment right to self defense, they also do not support our Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.  The Fish and Game Department even has an administrative rule that forces hunters totake fish and game personnel back to the kill site, the site of carcass evisceration, or both,”.  The Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination apparently does not apply to the anti-gun Conservation Officers of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

I became concerned about this unconstitutional behavior when I watched a few episodes of Northwoods Law: New Hampshire and I saw Conservation Officers culling through deer and turkey registration forms and then forcing hunters to take them back to the kill site and answer questions.  One hunter, in the Marlborough area, was cleared of wrong doing; but 2 turkey hunters were forced to admit wrong doing and self incriminate themselves.  I don’t condone law breakers of any sort.  Even those who break laws and rules that I disagree with like Fish and Game laws.  However, I believe very strongly in Constitutional protections and Conservation Officers should have to prove their case and an administrative rule that forces people to waive their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination is just plain wrong and shows the culture of this rogue agency.

In a recent publication some guy named Bill Carney rushes to defend David Patch’s anti-gun votes and policy positions and trashes your right to defend yourself.  Mr. Carney disagrees with HB 84, which will decriminalization the possession of loaded rifles and shotguns in vehicles.  Mr. Carney seems to think this anti-Second Amendment law is a “GUN SAFETY law” (emphasis in original).  A gun safety law; wow, that sounds just like the same anti-gun rhetoric that comes from former Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords and her anti-gun husband, Mark Kelly.  They also talk about gun safety as a way to direct attention away from bills like “see a shrink lose your guns” or gun and magazine ban laws.  They also claim their opposition to nationwide concealed carry recognition is about safety.  Sorry Mr. Carney, your argument about safety is just another anti-gun ruse.

Even worse, Mr. Carney failed to mention the fact that David Patch and the Fish and Game Commission also opposed SB 12, Constitutional Carry.

Mr. Carney is clueless as to why pro-gun organizations are now objecting to the Governor’s nomination of David Patch and asking the Executive Council to nix his reappointment to the Fish and Game Commission.

We are voicing objections because the current nominee, David Patch who is the Vice Chairman of the Commission seconded the motion made by anti-gun Commissioner Walter Morse to oppose SB 12, Constitutional Carry and then the Commission voted unanimously to oppose SB 12.  The Commission also voted unanimously to oppose HB 84 to decriminalize the possession of loaded rifles and shotguns. One person called me and tried to explain so called “fair chase”, he told me that it was unfair to hunt from a vehicle.  Maybe so but HB 84 would not allow, and we are not proposing allowing, hunting from a vehicle.  HB 84 merely decriminalizes the act of carrying a firearm.  But back to “fair chase”, if we really want to be fair to the deer, bear and turkey maybe we should be forced to chase them down and slit their throat?  Wouldn’t that make the chase much more “fair” than using a firearm from a tree stand?

The last time we attempted to decriminalize the possession of rifles and shotguns, we heard it was an anti-poaching law.  Since we effectively debunked that myth, now it is a gun safety law.  The reality is that hunters own firearms, but some are not Second Amendment supporters.  Hunting and sport do not appear anywhere in the US or New Hampshire Constitutions.   The right to keep and bear arms appears in both.

This whole notion of linking the possession of firearms to hunting is absurd on its face and does not deserve any further comment.  If hunting was the reason our founders wrote the Second Amendment (which it is not) we would all be limited to 5 round capacity rifle magazines and 3 round capacity shotguns because these are the limits imposed by hunting laws.

We are also objecting to David Patch because the Commission and the Department have become nothing more than an anti-gun activist organization within state government.  This behavior must end. We will keep pushing back until the anti-gun, Unconstitutional behavior of the Fish and Game Department ends.

Mr. Carney seems to think that sportsmen should all be supporting the Fish and Game Department.  Even though this department has a track record of bullying, anti-gun,  unconstitutional behavior as explained above.  Mr, Carney constantly refers to gun owners as sportsmen.  Sorry Bill, but there is no Constitutional right to be a sportsman.

As I have said before, I hold a lifetime New Hampshire Hunting and Fishing License.  I love the outdoors, but my love of the outdoors does not cause me to blindly agree with anti-gun laws and not fight for change.  Nor does my love of the outdoors fool me into blindly following, without question the dictates of an anti-gun state agency.

Hunters claim that the Fish and Game Department is funded by fees charged to hunters and fishermen.  Sort of, but because license fees are not enough, the department receives millions of dollars in Federal Gun Tax money.  You may be wondering what gun tax?  It is a hidden, 10% tax on firearms and ammunition that was enacted in the 1930s and is paid by manufacturers at the wholesale level which is why many firearms owners do not know they are even paying it.  The tax is collected by the Federal Government to distribute to the states for wildlife programs.  Everyone who purchases a new firearm or ammunition pays this hidden tax, even folks who don’t hunt.  I don’t understand why a tax on our concealed carry handguns or an AR 15 rifle and other firearms not traditionally used for hunting purposes should go to support wildlife programs.  In any event, even though a frame or receiver is a firearm for Gun Control Act purposes; for tax purposes, the tax is only paid by manufacturers on complete functioning firearms.  A good way to decrease the tax collected and used for anti-gun purposes is to purchase a receiver or frame and assemble your own firearm for your own personal use.  This is perfectly legal and later this year NHFC will run a clinic on how to build an AR 15.

Rather than appointing more of the same anti-gun activists, (David Patch). Governor Sununu should reorganize the department and force it to focus on its stated mission of wildlife management.

Remember, since the nomination of anti-gun David Patch was tabled by the Executive Council, he continues to serve.  We must insist that the Executive Council defeat his nomination. Please call and email to help defeat this anti-gun activist.  Click here for details on how to do that.

In liberty,

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC
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, despite your calls and emails, Governor Sununu did not formally withdraw the nomination of this anti-gun activist.  That means you need to keep calling and emailing the Executive Council.

We need to keep the heat on, you now have their attention, let them know that you will not sit idly by and allow anti-gun activists to have a place in state government.

You can call the Governors office: (603) 271-2121 and politely ask the receptionist to tell the Governor that you are opposed to having an anti-gun activist on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.  Please urge the Governor to replace David Patch with someone who will not attack the Second Amendment and who will properly supervise the Fish and Game Department and work to stop the anti-gun activism in the department.

But most importantly, please click here to find out who your Executive Councilor is and how to contact him.  Please let the Executive Council know that anti-gun David Patch is completely unacceptable and that you expect him to be replaced with a nominee who will not attack your Second Amendment civil rights. We are fighting for freedom and David Patch opposed your right to carry concealed without government permission!

Dear Executive Councilor,

David Patch is an anti-gun activist who Seconded the motion made at a Fish and Game Commission meeting to oppose Constitutional Carry.  A bill that Governor Sununu signed into law on February 22, George Washington’s birthday.  The Fish and Game Department has become a rogue agency that routinely violates citizens Fifth Amendment rights and we need Commissioners who will faithfully fulfill their statutory duties to be the “citizens’ representatives” instead of promoting gun control.   Please vote NO on the nomination of David Patch.

Thanks for your kind consideration.

If you prefer you may cal the Executive Council office: (603) 271-3632 and simply ask the receptionist to deliver the above message to your Executive Councilor.  Please remember, the receptionist receives dozens of calls a day and is not our enemy.  Please be polite and respectful to the receptionist, they remember and appreciate it and will deliver your message.

If you need the background on the anti-gun activities of David Patch, please click here,  and here.

As I explained last week, if the Governor does not withdraw the nomination of anti-gun David Patch he stays on the Fish and Game Commission even if he is not confirmed because R.S.A. 206:3 provides that:
“The members shall hold office for a term of 5 years, and each shall continue in office until his successor is appointed and qualified.”

We must make sure the Executive Council defeats David Patch and the Governor then, immediately nominates someone who will be faithful to the people whom they are charged with representing.

Thanks for your support.  Without you, the grassroots gun owners, we would not have come as far as we have.  I truly appreciate your activism. I am humbled and motivated by all the notes I receive from you, the grassroots gun owners.  And as those of you who have written know, I answer all emails.

In liberty,

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

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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Stop David Patch, your calls are still needed…. Infor within…

April 13, 2017

We still need calls and emails to stop the nomination of anti-gun David Patch to serve a 5 year term on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission. Even though calls and emails are still needed, we have heard from sources inside the Statehouse that your calls and emails are starting to work.  But the […]

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Calls still needed to stop an anti-gun Fish and Game Commissioner…

April 7, 2017

We still need calls and emails to stop the nomination of anti-gun David Patch to serve a 5 year term on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.  Even though we still need calls, there are signs they might be starting to work.  David Patch contacted NHFC to complain about my last email.  He must […]

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Time to stop an anti-gun Fish and Game Commissioner…

April 5, 2017

I know that I have been emailing you a lot this week. But, there are many firearms issues that we need to address.  NHFC will never email you just to say hello, our emails contain action items. After I sent my email about the Fish and Game Department,  I received notes from several NHFC Members […]

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IMPORTANT SPECIAL ELECTION: CARROLL 6, Wolfeboro

March 31, 2017

SPECIAL ELECTION: CARROLL 6, Wolfeboro Séamas Ó Scalaidhe(A*S) Matthew Plache (?) The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is pleased to offer this Primary Election Guide for the Carroll 6 Special Election for the State Representative race. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire, including any available public information: Below are […]

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NH Fish & Game thinks mere possession is crime…

March 27, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I am getting really tired of the anti-gun activists at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. They have a history of opposing good, solid pro-gun reform bills. On the Departments web page it says: “Guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife, and marine resources.”  Yet members of their staff […]

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