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Primary Grades

by NH Firearms Coalition on August 30, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for  NH Governor, United States Senate, Congress, Executive Council, and State Senate and Representative races. Only those races (GOP or Democrat) in which there is an active primary are contained in this guide.

These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an 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, such as to downgrade a candidate for public support of other anti-gun candidates. NHFC focuses solely on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and these grades only reflect this single issue. Candidates who received a “?” and would like to receive a rating for the General Election may download a questionnaire from our website.

The NHFC, Inc. hopes that you will find this information useful when you vote in our state’s Primary Elections on September 9th.

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.

Governor

A*S

Ian Freeman (D)

F

Maggie Hassan (D)

RS

Clecia Terrio (D)

A

Andrew Hemingway (R)

A-*S

Jonathan Smolin (R)

C+

Walt Havenstein (R)

RS

Daniel Greene (R)

United States Senator

A+

Bob Smith (r)

When Smith was in the Senate, he was the embodiment of pro-gun action in that body. When the District of Columbia tried to authorize frivolous lawsuits to ban semi-autos nationwide, Smith stood against it. Even when some gun groups tried to embrace Bill Clinton’s package of gun control-including a statutory ban on the import of semi-autos-Smith stood up to them. Alone! And won. When Bill Clinton tried to tax and register Brady Check’s, the Smith Amendment stopped him. After 9/11, Smith was the chief sponsor of legislation to create the armed pilots program. The anti-gun crazies predicted exploding planes–just like the movies. But Smith won. And there has not been a successful hijacking of a plane with an armed pilot since then.

F

Scott Brown (r)

Brown supports semi-auto bans and refuses to back down from that position. He opposes national reciprocity for concealed carry.

RS

Jim Rubens (r)

In 2010 Jim Rubens donated money to the infamous gun banner, State Senator Martha Fuller-Clark

Representative in Congress

District 1

A*S

Brendan Kelly (r) -
Seabrook

C

Everett Jabour (r) -
Northwood

C-

Frank Guinta (r) -
Manchester

RS

Dan Innis (r) -
Portsmouth

District 2

A

Marilinda Garcia (r) -
Salem

A

Jim Lawrence (r) -
Nashua

D-

Gary Lambert (r) -
Nashua

* In 2012 Gary Lambert voted against gun owners 5 out of 6 times.

RS

Mike Little (r) -
Concord

Executive Councilor

District 4

RS

Maria Chilson (d) -
Manchester

RS

Christopher Pappas (d) -
Manchester

A*S

Robert Burns (r) -
Manchester

RS

Jim Adams (r) -
Pittsfield

District 5

D-

Jennifer Daler (d) -
Temple

RS

Diane Sheehan (d) -
Nashua

A+

Dave Wheeler (r) -
Milford

D

Steve Hattamer (r) -
Hollis

State Senator

District 2

A-*S

Timothy Condon (R) -
Grafton

D

Jeanie Forrester (R) -
Meredith

District 8

A

J. P. Marzullo (R) -
Deering

RS

Jerry Little (R) -
Weare

District 11

A+

Gary Daniels (R) -
Milford

C+

Maureen Mooney (R) -
Merrimack

RS

Daniel Dwyer (R) -
Merrimack

RS

Dan Hynes (R) -
Merrimack

District 12

A

Kevin Avard (R) -
Nashua

B+

Michael McCarthy (R) -
Nashua

District 15

RS

Kass Ardinger (D) -
Concord

RS

Dan Feltes (D) -
Concord

District 16

A

Jane Cormier (R) -
Hooksett

PB

David Boutin (R) -
Hooksett

* In 2012 David Boutin voted against gun owners 6 out of 6 times.

District 18

A

George Lambert (R) -
Litchfield

D

Robyn Dunphy (R) -
Manchester

District 19

B+

Frank Sapareto (R) -
Derry

B

Regina Birdsell (R) -
Hampstead

RS

Jim Foley (R) -
Derry

District 21

RS

Dennis Lamare (R) -
Lee

RS

Peter Macdonald (R) -
Lee

RS

Phil Nazzaro (R) -
Newmarket

District 24

A

Steve Kenda (R) -
North Hampton

D

Nancy Stiles (R) -
Hampton

State Representative

Belknap

Belknap District 2 (4 Seats) Gilford & Meredith

B+

Herb Vadney (R) -
Meredith

C-

Russell Dumais (R) -
Gilford

?

Glen Aldrich (R) -
Gilford

?

L. Hatch (R) -
Meredith

?

John Hodsdon (R) -
Meredith

?

George Hurt (R) -
Laconia

Belknap District 4 (2 Seats) Sanbornton & Tilton

C+

Brian Gallagher (R) -
Sanbornton

D+

Dennis Fields (R) -
Sanbornton

?

Richard Brothers (R) -
Sanbornton

Belknap District 5 (2 Seats) Alton & Gilmanton

C-

David Russell (R) -
Gilmanton Iron Works

?

Joel Lambert Sr. (R) -
Alton

?

Mike Metcalfe (R) -
Gilmanton

?

Gerald Theodora (R) -
Alton Bay

?

Peter Varney (R) -
Alton

Belknap District 8 (1 Seat) Alton, Barnstead & Gilmanton

A*S

Raymond Howard Jr. (R) -
Alton

F

Elaine Swinford (R) -
Center Barnstead

Carroll

Carroll District 4 (2 Seats) Moultonborough, Sandwich & Tuftonboro

A-

Glenn Cordelli (R) -
Center Tuftonboro

C-

Karel Crawford (R) -
Center Harbor

?

Christopher Burbank (R) -
Moultonborough

Carroll District 5 (3 Seats) Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee & Wakefield

B+

Bill Nelson (R) -
Brookfield

?

Lino Avellani (R) -
Sanbornville

?

Carolyn Carruth (R) -
Ossipee

?

Ed Comeau (R) -
Brookfield

Carroll District 7 (1 Seat) Albany, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Freedom, Hale’s Location, Hart’s Location, Jackson, Madison & Tamworth

?

Michael Callis (R) -
Eaton Center

?

Carl Thibodeau (R) -
Conway

Cheshire

Cheshire District 4 (1 Seat) Keene Ward 1

A*S

James Cleaveland (D) -
Keene

?

William Pearson (D) -
Keene

Cheshire District 14 (1 Seat) Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Rindge & Roxbury

A*S

Derek Melanson (R) -
Rindge

B-

Franklin Sterling Jr. (R) -
Jaffrey

Cheshire District 16 (2 Seats) Keene Wards 1 – 5

B

Conan Salada (D) -
Keene

D-

Larry Phillips (D) -
Keene

D-

Kris Roberts (D) -
Keene

Coos

Coos District 1 (2 Seats) Atk. & Gil. Academy Grant, Cambridge, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Dix’s Grant, Dixville, Errol, Erving’s Location, Millsfield, Odell, Pittsburg, Second College Gt, Stewartstown, Stratford & Wentworth’s Loc.

B

Laurence Rappaport (R) -
Colebrook

D-

Michael Furbush (R) -
Colebrook

?

John Fothergill (R) -
Colebrook

?

Bing Judd (R) -
Pittsburg

?

Charlie Kurtz (R) -
Errol

Coos District 5 (1 Seat) Carroll, Jefferson, Randolph & Whitefield

?

Norman Brown (D) -
Jefferson

?

V. Hammon (D) -
Whitefield

Grafton

Grafton District 5 (1 Seat) Lincoln, Livermore, Waterville Valley & Woodstock

C

Edmond Gionet (R) -
Lincoln

C

Bonnie Ham (R) -
North Woodstock

Grafton District 9 (2 Seats) Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol & Grafton

A*S

Robert Hull (R) -
Grafton

C-

Jeff Shackett (R) -
Bristol

D-

Eric Rottenecker (R) -
Bristol

Grafton District 11 (1 Seat) Canaan, Dorchester & Wentworth

A*S

Duane Brown (R) -
Wentworth

?

Joseph Frazier (R) -
Canaan

Grafton District 17 (1 Seat) Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield & Grafton

D-

Catherine Mulholland (D) -
Grafton

?

Tom Ploszaj (D) -
Grafton

Hillsborough

Hillsborough District 2 (3 Seats) Deering & Weare

B+

Gary Hopper (R) -
Weare

B

Daniel Donovan (R) -
Deering

C

Neal Kurk (R) -
Weare

?

Christine Ivinjack (R) -
Weare

Hillsborough District 6 (5 Seats) Goffstown

A

Calvin Pratt (R) -
Goffstown

?

James Butcher (R) -
Goffstown

?

Rick Christie (R) -
Goffstown

?

Gilbert Desjardins (R) -
Goffstown

?

Barbara Griffin (R) -
Goffstown

?

David Pierce (R) -
Goffstown

?

Claire Rouilliard (R) -
Goffstown

?

Janet Soderquist (R) -
Goffstown

?

Nick Zaricki (R) -
Goffstown

Hillsborough District 7 (6 Seats) Bedford

A

Keith Murphy (R) -
Bedford

A*S

Linda Gould (R) -
Bedford

A*S

Kristin Noble (R) -
Bedford

A*S

Emily O’Neill (R) -
Bedford

A*S

John Schneller (R) -
Bedford

A-*S

Lawrence Cheetham (R) -
Bedford

C+

Melissa Stevens (R) -
Bedford

B-

David Danielson (R) -
Bedford

C+

John Graham (R) -
Bedford

C

Bart Fromuth (R) -
Bedford

D

Terry Wolf (R) -
Bedford

?

Ken Peterson (R) -
Bedford

Hillsborough District 9 (2 Seats) Manchester Ward 2

C-

William O’Neil (D) -
Manchester

D-

Linda Disilvestro (D) -
Manchester

?

Thomas Evans (D) -
Manchester

A*S

Anthony Pugh (R) -
Manchester

C-

Doug Whitfield (R) -
Manchester

D

Win Hutchinson (R) -
Manchester

Hillsborough District 11 (2 Seats) Manchester Ward 4

D-

Robert Walsh (D) -
Manchester

?

Elizabeth Edwards (D) -
Manchester

?

Kim Levasseur (D) -
Manchester

Hillsborough District 12 (2 Seats) Manchester Ward 5

D-

Richard Komi (D) -
Manchester

D-

Ted Rokas (D) -
Manchester

?

Amanda Bouldin (D) -
Manchester

Hillsborough District 17 (2 Seats) Manchester Ward 10

D-

Timothy Smith (D) -
Manchester

?

Pierre Cetoute (D) -
Manchester

?

Jon Hopwood (D) -
Manchester

A*S

Dan Garthwaite (R) -
Manchester

A-

Tammy Simmons (R) -
Manchester

?

George D’Orazio (R) -
Manchester

Hillsborough District 20 (2 Seats) Litchfield

A*S

Paul Marquis (R) -
Litchfield

A-

Ralph Boehm (R) -
Litchfield

A-

Frank Byron (R) -
Litchfield

Hillsborough District 21 (8 Seats) Merrimack

A

John Balcom (R) -
Merrimack

A*S

Josh Moore (R) -
Merrimack

A-

Kathleen Stroud (R) -
Merrimack

B+

Dick Hinch (R) -
Merrimack

B+

Tony Pellegrino (R) -
Merrimack

B

Dick Barry (R) -
Merrimack

B

Jeanine Notter (R) -
Merrimack

B-

Chris Christensen (R) -
Merrimack

B-

Phil Straight (R) -
Merrimack

Hillsborough District 22 (3 Seats) Amherst

A

Stephen Stepanek (R) -
Amherst

B+

Peter Hansen (R) -
Amherst

B-

Robert Rowe (R) -
Amherst

?

Nate Jensen (R) -
Amherst

Hillsborough District 23 (4 Seats) Milford

B

Mark Linn (D) -
Milford

D-

Ruth Heden (D) -
Milford

?

Elise Demichael (D) -
Milford

?

Dorothy Lindon (D) -
Milford

?

Herb Salmon (D) -
Milford

Hillsborough District 24 (2 Seats) Peterborough

F

Peter Leishman (D) -
Peterborough

?

Kath Allen (D) -
Peterborough

?

Ivy Vann (D) -
Peterborough

Hillsborough District 27 (2 Seats) Hollis

B+

Jim Belanger (R) -
Hollis

D+

Carolyn Gargasz (R) -
Hollis

?

Matthew Kozsan (R) -
Hollis

?

Stephen Prescott (R) -
Hollis

Hillsborough District 32 (3 Seats) Nashua Ward 5

A

David Murotake (R) -
Nashua

A

James Summers (R) -
Nashua

B

Don Lebrun (R) -
Nashua

C-

Barry Palmer (R) -
Nashua

Hillsborough District 34 (3 Seats) Nashua Ward 7

A

Michael Garcia (D) -
Nashua

D+

Timothy Soucy (D) -
Nashua

?

Allison Nutting (D) -
Nashua

?

John Paolillo (D) -
Nashua

A*S

Douglas Habecker (R) -
Nashua

B-

Edith Hogan (R) -
Nashua

B-

Timothy Twombly (R) -
Nashua

C+

Duane Erickson (R) -
Nashua

Hillsborough District 36 (3 Seats) Nashua Ward 9

A

Joseph Krasucki (R) -
Nashua

B+

Bill Ohm (R) -
Nashua

?

Will Brown (R) -
Nashua

?

Barbie Mahoney (R) -
Nashua

?

Paul Pakenham (R) -
Nashua

Hillsborough District 37 (11 Seats) Hudson & Pelham

A*S

Kimberly Rice (R) -
Hudson

A-

Russell Ober III (R) -
Hudson

A-

Jordan Ulery (R) -
Hudson

B+

Lars Christiansen (R) -
Hudson

B+

Robert Haefner (R) -
Hudson

B+

Lynne Ober (R) -
Hudson

C+

Randy Brownrigg (R) -
Hudson

C-

Charlene Takesian (R) -
Pelham

D+

Shawn Jasper (R) -
Hudson

?

Eric Estevez (R) -
Pelham

?

Nicholas Febonio (R) -
Hudson

?

Christopher Hussey (R) -
Hudson

?

Eric Schleien (R) -
Hudson

?

Gregory Smith (R) -
Pelham

?

Jared Stevens (R) -
Hudson

Hillsborough District 43 (3 Seats) Manchester Wards 4 – 7

A-

Tim O’Flaherty (D) -
Manchester

D-

Benjamin Baroody (D) -
Manchester

D-

Christopher Herbert (D) -
Manchester

?

Gary Garand (D) -
Manchester

?

Devin Noiseux-Varrieur (D) -
Manchester

Hillsborough District 44 (2 Seats) Litchfield & Manchester Wards 8 – 9

A-

Mark Proulx (R) -
Manchester

B

Andy Martel (R) -
Manchester

?

Rhonda Lambert (R) -
Litchfield

?

Deborah Olszta (R) -
Manchester

Hillsborough District 45 (2 Seats) Manchester Wards 10 – 12

A*S

Albert Evarts (R) -
Manchester

B+

Carlos Gonzalez (R) -
Manchester

C-

Jerry Bergevin (R) -
Manchester

Merrimack

Merrimack District 6 (2 Seats) Bradford & Henniker

D-

Geoffrey Hirsch (D) -
Bradford

F

Barbara French (D) -
Henniker

?

William Rodriguez (D) -
Henniker

Merrimack District 9 (2 Seats) Canterbury & Loudon

A

Kenneth Kreis Sr. (R) -
Canterbury

D+

Michael Moffett (R) -
Loudon

?

Zulfiga Shaikh (R) -
Canterbury

Merrimack District 21 (2 Seats) Epsom & Pittsfield

A

Dan McGuire (R) -
Epsom

C-

David Palfrey (R) -
Epsom

?

Michael Brewster (R) -
Barnstead

Merrimack District 23 (3 Seats) Bow & Dunbarton

A+

JR Hoell (R) -
Dunbarton

A*S

Bill Kuch (R) -
Bow

B

John Martin (R) -
Bow

?

Paul Brassard (R) -
Dunbarton

Merrimack District 24 (4 Seats) Hooksett

A

Dick Marple (R) -
Hooksett

B+

Frank Kotowski (R) -
Hooksett

B-

Thomas Walsh (R) -
Hooksett

D+

David Hess (R) -
Hooksett

?

Adam Jennings (R) -
Hooksett

?

Richard McGahey (R) -
Hooksett

Rockingham

Rockingham District 1 (1 Seat) Northwood

A

Bruce Hodgdon (R) -
Northwood

B+

Brian Stone (R) -
Northwood

Rockingham District 2 (3 Seats) Candia, Deerfield & Nottingham

A

Romeo Danais (R) -
Nottingham

A

Kyle Tasker (R) -
Nottingham

A*S

James Spillane (R) -
Deerfield

B

Joe Duarte (R) -
Candia

?

Arthur Beauchesne (R) -
Nottingham

?

Patricia Desrosiers (R) -
Nottingham

Rockingham District 4 (5 Seats) Auburn, Chester & Sandown

A

Dan Dumaine (R) -
Auburn

A*S

William Gannon (R) -
Sandown

A-

Joseph Hagan (R) -
Chester

B+

James Devine (R) -
Sandown

C

James Headd (R) -
Auburn

?

Frank Carrio (R) -
Chester

?

Jason Osborne (R) -
Auburn

?

William Polewarczyk (R) -
Chester

?

Chris True (R) -
Sandown

Rockingham District 5 (7 Seats) Londonderry

A

Al Baldasaro (R) -
Londonderry

A

Daniel Tamburello (R) -
Londonderry

B+

Bob Introne (R) -
Londonderry

B+

David Lundgren (R) -
Londonderry

B+

Sherman Packard (R) -
Londonderry

B+

Doug Thomas (R) -
Londonderry

C-

Betsy McKinney (R) -
Londonderry

?

Deirdre Carson (R) -
Londonderry

?

Dana Coons (R) -
Londonderry

?

Roger Fillio (R) -
Londonderry

Rockingham District 6 (10 Seats) Derry

A*S

John Potucek (R) -
Derry

A-

Brian Chirichiello (R) -
Derry

B+

Beverly Ferrante (R) -
Derry

B+

David Milz (R) -
Derry

B+

Jim Webb (R) -
Derry

B-

Phyllis Katsakiores (R) -
Derry

C+

Bob Fesh (R) -
Derry

C-

John O’Connor (R) -
Derry

?

G. Thomas Cardon (R) -
Derry

?

Teresa Hampton (R) -
Derry

?

Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien (R) -
Derry

?

Cory Reynolds (R) -
Derry

Rockingham District 7 (4 Seats) Windham

A*S

Michelle Levell (R) -
Windham

B+

David Bates (R) -
Windham

B+

Walter Kolodziej (R) -
Windham

B

Charles McMahon (R) -
Windham

B-

Mary Griffin (R) -
Windham

D+

Mark Samsel (R) -
Windham

Rockingham District 8 (9 Seats) Salem

A

Bianca Garcia (R) -
Salem

A*S

David Bruce (R) -
Salem

A-

Patrick Bick (R) -
Salem

A-

Joe Sweeney (R) -
Salem

B+

John Sytek (R) -
Salem

B-

Gary Azarian (R) -
Salem

B-

Ronald Belanger (R) -
Salem

C+

Bob Elliott (R) -
Salem

C

John Manning Jr. (R) -
Salem

C-

Anne Priestley (R) -
Salem

?

Arthur Barnes III (R) -
Salem

?

Fred Doucette (R) -
Salem

?

Michael Flathers (R) -
Salem

?

Dane Hoover Jr. (R) -
Salem

?

Michael Petrilli Sr. (R) -
Salem

?

John Sjostrom Jr. (R) -
Salem

?

Martha Spalding (R) -
Salem

?

Robert Stanley (R) -
Salem

?

Robert Uttley (R) -
Salem

Rockingham District 9 (2 Seats) Epping

D-

Barbara Helmstetter (D) -
Epping

?

James Hardy (D) -
Epping

?

Derek Webb (D) -
Epping

A

Jason Antosz (R) -
Epping

B+

Jeffrey Harris (R) -
Epping

?

Michael Vose (R) -
Epping

Rockingham District 12 (1 Seat) Danville

RS

Shawn O’Neil (R) -
Danville

?

Betsy Sanders (R) -
Danville

Rockingham District 13 (4 Seats) Hampstead & Kingston

B+

Kenneth Weyler (R) -
Kingston

C-

David Welch (R) -
Kingston

?

Dennis Green (R) -
Hampstead

?

Joe Guthrie (R) -
Hampstead

?

Ann Howe (R) -
East Hampstead

Rockingham District 18 (4 Seats) Exeter

D-

Steven Briden (D) -
Exeter

D-

Frank Heffron (D) -
Exeter

?

Skip Berrien (D) -
Exeter

?

Paula Francese (D) -
Exeter

?

Alexis Simpson (D) -
Exeter

Rockingham District 32 (1 Seat) Candia, Deerfield, Northwood & Nottingham

A

Harriet Cady (R) -
Deerfield

?

Brian Dobson (R) -
Nottingham

Rockingham District 33 (1 Seat) Brentwood, Danville & Fremont

A

Timothy Comerford (R) -
Fremont

?

Steven Woitkun (R) -
Danville

Strafford

Strafford District 1 (2 Seats) Middleton & Milton

D-

Larry Brown (D) -
Milton

?

Candace Cole-McCrea (D) -
Milton

?

Cory Mattocks (D) -
Middleton

Strafford District 3 (2 Seats) New Durham & Strafford

A*S

Ted White (R) -
Strafford

A*S

Kurt Wuelper (R) -
Strafford

B+

David Bickford (R) -
New Durham

B

Michael Harrington (R) -
Strafford

Strafford District 4 (2 Seats) Barrington

A*S

Len Turcotte (R) -
Barrington

B+

Jenny Wilson (R) -
Barrington

?

Devon Boyd (R) -
Barrington

?

Seamus Casey (R) -
Lee

Strafford District 6 (5 Seats) Durham & Madbury

F

Timothy Horrigan (D) -
Durham

F

Marjorie Smith (D) -
Durham

F

Judith Spang (D) -
Durham

F

Janet Wall (D) -
Madbury

?

Wayne Burton (D) -
Durham

?

Kimberly Laughton (D) -
Durham

Strafford District 9 (1 Seat) Rochester Ward 2

F

Sandra Keans (D) -
Rochester

?

Joe Tanner (D) -
Rochester

Strafford District 17 (3 Seats) Dover Wards 5 – 6 & Somersworth Ward 3

A*S

Harrison Debree (R) -
Dover

A*S

Joe Fraser (R) -
Somersworth

C+

Donald Andolina (R) -
Dover

?

Catherine Cheney (R) -
Dover

Strafford District 18 (3 Seats) Rollinsford & Somersworth Wards 1 – 2, 4 – 5

D-

Roger Berube (D) -
Somersworth

D-

Deanna Rollo (D) -
Rollinsford

D-

Dale Sprague (D) -
Somersworth

?

Brandon Laroche (D) -
Somersworth

Sullivan

Sullivan District 1 (2 Seats) Cornish, Grantham, Plainfield & Springfield

A*S

Laura Ward (R) -
Plainfield

B

Bill Walker (R) -
Plainfield

?

Donald Wenz (R) -
Grantham

Sullivan District 7 (1 Seat) Acworth, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster & Washington

A*S

Steve Smith (R) -
Goshen

B-

Jim Grenier (R) -
Lempster

As I write this letter, your rights are under direct attack.  Without notice, and without prior solicitation of comments from the public, a bureaucrat in Concord has exceeded his statutory authority, and added new requirements to the New Hampshire pistol/revolver (concealed carry) licensing process.

In the past, we have warned you about legislative proposals that give too much discretionary power to bureaucrats because they are unaccountable to the electorate.  It’s why we’ve fought so hard for things like “shall issue” licensing, and it’s why we ask you to attend committee hearings in Concord, to provide legislators with the perspective of the law-abiding gun owner.

But we live in troubling times, where lawlessness and disregard for established procedures have become the rule.  You see, cynical politicians – taking their lead from President Obama and the Chicago-style tactics he’s applied in Washington – have decided that “with a phone and a pen”, and without legislative authority, they can instead just make up the rules as they go along.  It disgusts me to report that this brand of lawlessness has now reached all the way to Concord.

Last week, three new questions mysteriously appeared on the NH Pistol & Revolver License application form – two of which are irrelevant to the statute, and invite rogue police chiefs to deny permits for flimsy, insubstantial reasons.

Did the TSA ever mistake you for someone on one of the terrorism watch lists?  Were you ever denied a pistol license in California or New York because the police chief didn’t think you “needed” to carry a gun?  Did you forget to write down the details of a Massachusetts pistol license you had back in the 80s?  If so, with these changes to the application form, a New Hampshire police department could deny your application – even though none of these disqualifies you from receiving a license under the law.

And it gets worse, the previous application contained this on the back:

“Applicants not prohibited under federal or NH law from possession of a firearm shall be deemed suitable persons and the license shall be issued unless the applicant is so prohibited from possessing a firearm. The burden is on the licensing entity to prove by clear and convincing proof that the applicant is so prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Removing this clear explanation from the form puts the applicant in the dark, and opens the door for rogue anti-gun police chiefs to unfairly deny applications in contravention of the law.

We have to draw a line, and we have to do it now.  The lawlessness must stop.  We have to send a message to the bureaucrats in Concord, that we will not abide this attempt at enacting their own gun control agenda – least of all, without notice, public comment, or statutory authority!

We need you to call the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Safety, John J. Barthelmes and demand the prior pistol and revolver license application – the one that has helped make New Hampshire one of the safest places in the country and the world – be immediately reinstated.

603-223-3889 or email by clicking here

Also call your Executive Councilor, and express your frustration and dismay that the Commissioner would undertake to make such sweeping changes without advance notice and without first seeking public comment.

Finally, call (603)271-2121 and email Governor Maggie Hassan, the Department of Safety is accountable to the executive branch of state government.  Please be polite and firm but insist that the previous form be reinstated.

If you want to see the changes click here for the “old” application and click here for the “new” application.

 

In Liberty,

Jonathan R. Evans, Esq.
President – NHFC

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