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Calls needed, a new threat to your rights…

by NHFC, Inc. on February 9, 2016

Sometimes, protecting our Second Amendment rights involves analyzing and then opposing bills that at first glance are not firearms bills.  This is the case with HB 1696, so called “Medicaid Expansion”, if enacted HB 1696 will put your civil right to be armed at risk.  Mike Hammond, who is a resident of Dunbarton and Legislative  Counsel to Gun Owners of America helped us to prepare the below analysis.

HB 1696, which is expected to be considered by the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 10, would extend the expansion of ObamaCare-related Medicaid coverage through 2018 or 2020 (depending on whether an amendment to the bill is accepted or not).

In view of the anti-gun “executive actions” announced by Barack Obama on January 5, such an extension could have serious anti-gun ramifications.  And that’s why we are asking House members to oppose that legislation — at the very least, until it is amended to deal with its anti-gun aspects.

Since the passage of the NICS Improvement Act of 2007, it has been theoretically possible to use diagnoses under Medicaid to strip recipients of their Second Amendment right to possess a firearm.  Just because someone has seen a psychiatrist or psychologist does not mean they are dangerous or violent.

Thus, Medicaid recipients with PTSD, early-onset Alzheimer’s, post partem depression, and any of a host of other disabilities could simply have their names forwarded to the NICS system — which would have the effect of stripping them of the right to acquire new firearms or even to keep the firearms they currently have.

That is because that act defines a “mental defective” as a person which presents “a danger [however tiny] to himself or others.”

Furthermore, the 2007 law allows that determination to be made, not by a court, but by a diagnosis by “any lawful authority,” which includes a psychiatric diagnosis in connection with any federal program.

In theory, law enforcement or military personnel diagnosed with PTSD have a right to a hearing, but only if they bear the $10,000+ cost of hiring an attorney and expert witnesses.  In practice, almost no one has the resources to do this.

Prior to January 5, more than 175,000 law-abiding veterans had been stripped of their gun rights pursuant to this process by the VA.

But, up until January 5, the administration had not extended these gun bans to recipients of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

That changed with the announcement of Obama’s anti-gun “executive actions” on January 5.

Included in these “executive actions” was a move to troll the Social Security rolls for seniors and disabled persons who could have their guns taken away in much the same way that veterans had been disarmed.

The Los Angeles Times had earlier reported on rumors of such a move, and had estimated that up to 4.2 million seniors could have their guns taken away — with no real due process.  Even if a senior does not wish to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer, once they are deemed “lack mental capacity” they can no longer own even a single firearm.  Many seniors have valuable gun collections that I am certain they would like to pass on to their children and grandchildren rather than surrender to the government.

And if social security recipients — which are NOT a high-crime demographic — are losing their guns rights, Medicare and Medicaid will not be far behind.

New Hampshire is a state which values the Second Amendment. And the last thing we need is for thousands of Granite Staters to be lured into Medicaid “free money,” only to find out that that “free money” comes at the cost of their constitutional rights.

It is might be possible to see a private psychiatrist and avoid having your name added to the NICS index.  Thus, HB 1696 could become a gun ban on the poor.  Everyone, rich or poor has constitutional rights.

Click here to find out who your State Representative(s) are and how to contact them.  Tell them to oppose House Bill 1696 — at least until it is amended to prohibit the Obama administration from trolling the Medicaid rolls in order to strip recipients of the right to possess firearms.

Please call or email your Representatives now, don’t wait.  HB 1696 will be considered as soon as Wednesday, February 10!

Thanks for your support.

In Liberty,

Alan M. Rice
Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

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…

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 […]

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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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