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

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