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Two gun bans up for hearings this week…

by NHFC, Inc. on January 23, 2018

This week 2 anti-gun bills will be given public hearings in Concord.  First, on Wednesday, January 24 at 10AM, HB 1438 will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee .  This bill was introduced by Rep. Jan Schmidt (D-Hillsborough 28) will allow landlords to include language in leases to prohibit renters from owning or possessing firearms.  People who rent, instead of own their place residence, should not lose their Second Amendment civil rights.

It seems relatively simple to me.  However, some people like to believe that the private property rights of landlords seem to outweigh the Second Amendment rights of tenants.  The reality is that some people cannot afford to move when their lease is up for renewal.  Many simply prefer to renew their lease but may be forced to move if the renewed lease prohibits gun ownership.  I’ll make this as clear as I can, gun ownership is a perfectly legal activity and if landlords are permitted to forcibly disarm tenants what will be next?  Interracial families?  Blended families?  Legal immigrants?  As far as I am concerned, the fair housing laws should cover this, perhaps Rep. Schmidt knows this which is why she is sponsoring a bill to allow gun bans.

Even if you do not rent your place of residence this should concern you and you should click here to contact the House Judiciary Committee to oppose HB 1438.  If you prefer to contact each member individually, click here for the Committee Members list.  Please don’t delay.

On Thursday, January 25 at 120 PM, SB 492, the Woodburn semi-auto ban will have a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.As written, SB 492 will ban the manufacture, sale, ownership and use of:

A manual or power-driven trigger activating device constructed and designed so that when attached to a semiautomatic firearm it increases the rate of fire of that firearm.

So what is this?  Well, first of all you need to know that a semi-automatic firearm only fires one cartridge for a single pull of the trigger.  The trigger must be released and pressed again to discharge another cartridge.  Unlike machineguns, semi-automatic firearms do NOT have a stated cyclic rate.  That is, they do not have a rounds per minute specification.  The speed with which a so called “bump stock” equipped firearm can be fired will differ between different shooters who have different skill levels.  This is precisely because the firearm is only discharging one cartridge per single pull of the trigger.  This is the textbook definition of a SEMI-automatic. These firearms hating legislators are focusing on banning something, anything, especially in an election year.  We are counting on you, the grassroots gun owner to help us stop them!

SB 492 allows Senator Woodburn and his gun banning friends to ban all semi-automatic firearms and accesories without actually saying so, because saying he is banning guns would probably lead to widespread opposition within Senate District 1. 

One of the key principles that NHFC has always maintained is that gun control (including controls on parts and accessories) is worthless for stopping, or even lowering, crime (just look at Chicago).  Gun control only infringes on the rights, safety, and security of good people, while handing a major tactical advantage to criminals or empowering political tyrants who wish to dominate a society.  I ask, when did a criminal ever say “Oh I can’t use that gun to go commit a crime, the trigger is modified and that is illegal”?  Senator Woodburn and his cabel of cosponsors probably know this but they hate firearms and the people who own them so much that they are attempting a backdoor ban on semi-autos.

In short, Senator Woodburn is perfectly happy to put you in jail for a possessory only offense.  No other action needs to occur for a person to be charged under the Woodburn semi-auto ban.  That’s right, no assault, no one needs to be shot, the only crime created by SB 492 is a possessory only offense.  I fail to understand how that will make anyone safer.

Here is what you can do to help.  If you can, please attend the public hearing on January 25, in Statehouse Room 100.  You do not need to speak, just sign the form opposing SB 492.  Even if you plan to attend the hearing, please call or email ALL members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to let them know that you are opposed to SB 492. Here is the list:

Chair – Senator Sharon Carson, Phone 603-271-1403 Click here to send an email
Vice Chair Senator Bette R. Lasky, Phone: 603-271-3093 Click here to send an email
Senator Harold French, Phone: 603-271-4063 Click here to send an email
Senator William Gannon, Phone: 603-271-7803 Click here to send an email (Aide):
Senator Martha Hennessey, Phone: 603-271-3067 Click here to send an email

Please do not wait, these legislators need to hear from you now.

Thanks for your support!

In liberty,

Alan M. Rice

President – NHFC, Inc.
PS: You might recall that I wrote to you about a terrible anti-gun bill, SB 500 which was introduced by Senator Kevin Avard (R-12) and Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3).  Sadly, these 2 Senators ignored your calls and emails and have refused to withdraw SB 500.  Therefore, we must focus our calls and emails on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Click here for contact information for all Judiciary Committee members.

SAMPLE EMAIL:  Please vote SB 500 Inexpedient to Legislate. This is an anti-gun bill that will greatly harm New Hampshire firearms owners by using the federal definition of a firearm as well as making tinkering changes to R.S.A. 207:7 regarding carrying arms in vehicles.  The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition told me that we can follow federal law without making it part of New Hampshire law and creating new regulations on frames, receivers and sound suppressors.  Please vote SB 500 ITL.

We must stop local gun bans…

by NHFC, Inc. on January 20, 2018

A few weeks ago we told you about HB 1749, which was introduced by State Representative JR Hoell (R-Merrimack 23) and 9 co-sponsors.  HB 1749 is intended to stop illegal local gun bans.  The bill had a public hearing on January 10.  During the hearing, lobbyists for the Municipal Association conceded what we have been saying for years, that local units of government may NOT regulate, restrict or tax firearms in any way.

That in and of itself is a small victory.  However, to truly vanquish these local gun bans, we need the penalties that are contained in HB 1749 because some local officials, like anti-gun, Jeff Peavey who Chairs the Lebanon School Board and Mark Fougere, Chairman of the Milford Board of Selectmen remain defiant and have vowed to continue their illegal gun bans.  Furthermore, the Manchester Board of Alderman has turned over management of the Southern New Hampshire University Arena to out of state anti-gun actors who also are remaining defiant and pushing to keep their illegal gun ban.

It is outrageous that these rogue, anti-gun officials are objecting to the penalties contained in HB 1749. The criminal code contains numerous penalties for corrupt public officials.  I have some simple advice for these people: follow the law and you won’t be subject to any penalties!

The Municipal and County Government Committee has scheduled an executive session for 10 AM on Wednesday, January 24 to consider the fate of HB 1749.  This is when they will debate the bill among themselves and vote on it.  You don’t need to attend.

We have been informed that Representative Mark McLean (R-Hillsborough 44) intends to offer an amendment, 2018-0138h.  We have asked our Counsel to review the amendment and it is a GOOD amendment which will make HB 1749 a BETTER bill.   We are asking all NHFC members and supporters to contact the House Municipal and County Government Committee and urge them to replace HB 1749 with Representative McLean’s amendment, 2018-0138h and then vote the bill “ought to pass”

Click here to send one email to all members of the House Municipal and County Government Committee

If you would prefer to call each member or send individual emails, please click here for a committee roster. Please don’t wait, take action today!

Thanks for your support!

In liberty,

Alan M. Rice
President – NHFC, Inc.

PS: You might recall that I wrote to you about a terrible anti-gun bill, SB 500 which was introduced by Senator Kevin Avard (R-12) and Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3).  Sadly, these 2 Senators ignored your calls and emails and have refused to withdraw SB 500.  Therefore, we must focus our calls and emails on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Click here for contact information for all Judiciary Committee members.

SAMPLE EMAIL:  Please vote SB 500 Inexpedient to Legislate. This is an anti-gun bill that will greatly harm New Hampshire firearms owners by using the federal definition of a firearm as well as making tinkering changes to R.S.A. 207:7 regarding carrying arms in vehicles.  The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition told me that we can follow federal law without making it part of New Hampshire law and creating new regulations on frames, receivers and sound suppressors.  Please vote SB 500 ITL.

2 Important bills in Concord…

January 13, 2018

Next week two firearms related bills are being heard in House Committees in Concord and I need your help. On Tuesday, January 16 at 11AM the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee will take public testimony on HB 1313 which was introduced by Rep. John Burt (R-Hillsborough 13)to extend last years Constitutional Carry law to […]

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Help stop local gun bans…

January 5, 2018

Lebanon, Milford, Manchester, Hillsborough County…. gun bans are coming to a city, town or county near where you live or work. Despite the clear language in R.S.A. 159:26 that says: ” …the state of New Hampshire shall have authority and jurisdiction over the sale, purchase, ownership, use, possession, transportation, licensing, permitting, taxation, or other matter […]

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The Woodburn semi-auto ban…

January 3, 2018

Back in October we told you that certain anti-gun legislators were working overtime to ban semi-autos under the guise of banning so called “bump stocks” and other benign firearms accessories.  Senator Woodburn (D-1) kept that promise and has introduced SB 492.  We have reviewed SB 492 and it is every bit as anti-gun as we […]

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Outing the lies, we must STOP SB 500!

December 28, 2017

It has come to my attention that there is some confusion regarding the points raised in our last alert.about SB 500. This email is intended to further explain why SB 500 is bad for gun owners.   Quite frankly, I am surprised that I even need to write this because our first alert was pretty clear. […]

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Senate leadership sponsoring gun control…

December 22, 2017

Last night the NHFC Board of Directors reorganized the leadership of our organization.  I am honored and humbled that they have asked me to serve as NHFC President.  I promise you, the grassroots gun owner, that my resolve will never weaken and I will never stop fighting for your Second Amendment Civil Right to be […]

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A pro-gun bill we need to support!

December 21, 2017

In my last email I told you about a couple of really bad anti-gun bills.  If you missed that email please click here to read it. Today I want to tell you about a really good pro-gun bill that has been sponsored by Rep. J.R. Hoell (R-Merrimack 23). Rep. Hoell serves as NHFCs corporate secretary […]

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The start of Legislative Season

December 18, 2017

As we enjoy the holiday season, anti-gun politicians in Concord are plotting to take away your civil right to be armed. The text of many of the 2018 bills is now available and I’ll be frank, we are very concerned.  We are coming under attack.  As you probably know, the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition has […]

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Help to pass nationwide concealed carry!

December 18, 2017

By now I’m sure you have heard that H.R. 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 has been marked up by the House Judiciary Committee and will likely be voted on by the entire United States House of Representatives this week. H.R. 38 will make your New Hampshire pistol / revolver license valid in […]

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