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--> The most effective guardians of Second Amendment and sportsmen's rights in New Hampshire since 2006. Our leadership is IN the state legislature, working "from the inside." 

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Pro-Gun New Hampshire (PGNH) fights not only for our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, but also to preserve, protect, defend, and promote hunting, fishing, trapping, and the freedom to enjoy the outdoors.

Today, over 180,000 people in New Hampshire have hunting, fishing, and/or trapping licenses, but there are others, including elected and appointed state government officials, who don’t recognize these traditional outdoor pursuits and the people who enjoy them.  Under the leadership of PGNH Sportsmen’s Coordinator Ken Kreis, Pro-Gun New Hampshire is organizing our state’s sportsmen and sportswomen into a powerful alliance to educate those officials about our views through communication, legislation, and ultimately, the ballot box.  Click here to learn more.

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About Pro-Gun New Hampshire (PGNH)


Lapel pins 

Pro-Gun New Hampshire lapel pins; actual size, each 1-1/4” wide.
The yellow color in this image represents gold-tone metal
in the lapel pins themselves.

Pro-Gun New Hampshire is a statewide membership organization that protects Second Amendment and sportsmen's rights within the state of New Hampshire. With a mature leadership of current and former state senators and representatives, police chiefs, and others respected by the legislature, we influence state legislation through the personal efforts and honorable conduct of our leadership and members.  WE ARE YOUR VOICE IN THE LEGISLATURE on gun laws and sportsmen's issues.  We hope that every pro-gun-rights person in the state will join PGNH, even if they belong to other groups as well; it's OK to get information from, and add your voice through, more than one channel. 

Life membership is just $20, with NO DUES after that one-time sign-up fee.  We can do this because we do not have to pay for printing and mailing newsletters; all member communication is via the internet.  Endowment membership is $50, and upgrades from Life to Endowment are $35. (Fees current as of 2/12/14.)  Membership names, email addresses, and other information are kept absolutely confidential. Members receive the appropriate lapel pin, plus a window sticker that goes INside your car's rear window and looks just like the PGNH logo at the top of this page.  We always have at least one, often two, generous gun raffles for members only. To learn how to join, click here.

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If you're going to carry openly, use good judgement

[Posted Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 8:05 p.m.]

by Sam Cohen, PGNH Executive Vice President

Most people agree with the following statement from my Gun Law FAQs article, but a few folks have argued with it:

"On the one hand, we will indeed lose our rights if we don’t exercise them, but on the other hand, it’s not smart to frighten or antagonize people, especially if you scare enough people to make the news — which may lead to legislation restricting open carry. Use good judgment. Hint: look and act like a responsible citizen. It helps to be neatly dressed."

A recent article by Tom Gresham of the nationally broadcast Gun Talk Radio show confirms my sentiments, with an interesting photograph added for emphasis.  See http://www.ammoland.com/2014/06/dressing-like-a-good-person-while-open-carrying/


Quick info on recent US Supreme Court ruling about straw purchases

[Posted Monday, June 23, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.]

By Sam Cohen, PGNH Executive Vice President

Most people understand that a "straw purchase" of a gun from a gun store (or other federally licensed firearms dealer) means that someone who is legal to buy and own guns breaks the law by buying a gun on behalf of someone who isn't, the same as buying liquor for a minor (who pays you for it). 

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4, with the conservative justices dissenting, that it is illegal to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer for another person, even if that other person is not a "prohibited person" (that is, even if the second person may legally buy and possess firearms).  The ruling arose from a case in which a man used his law enforcement discount to buy a gun for his uncle, who gave him the money for the purchase.

The important thing to remember (and the reason I'm writing this) is that this Supreme Court ruling does NOT affect the current law that says that you can buy a gun as a GIFT for someone who may legally own firearms.  The ATF Form 4473 that you sign whenever you buy a gun from a dealer includes the following as part of the instruction for question 11.a of the form, "Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form?":


Why not run for state rep? File in your town/city hall from June 4 to June 13 for two dollars

[Posted Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 10:20 p.m.]

New Hampshire has four hundred state representatives, one for every 3,300 men, women, and children in the state; you can get elected with just five or six hundred votes.  With Second Amendment rights in the balance, we need more pro-gun state legislators.  Several liberty organizations are running seminars and training classes on how to get elected and on familiarizing yourself with the legislative process.

The filing period is June 4 through June 13, at your town hall or city hall clerk's office, and the filing fee is just two dollars.  You must be at least 18, registered to vote, domiciled in New Hampshire for at least two years, and a resident of the town or city ward in which you're running for election.  You can read details at the NH Secretary of State's election web pages, at http://sos.nh.gov/2014ElecInfo.aspx.


Please help preserve concealed carry reciprocity – just send an email

[Posted Friday, May 23, 2014, at 1:30 a.m.]

While PGNH focuses on New Hampshire gun issues, there are times we should pitch in and help fight problems elsewhere, particularly when they can affect us here in our own state. 

New Hampshire has concealed carry reciprocity with Pennsylvania, but the Pennsylvania Attorney General is unilaterally modifying and even cancelling concealed carry reciprocity agreements with other states – even though she doesn’t have the legal authority to do so.  Will we be next?  Please see the article at
http://www.firearmscoalition.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=726%3Areciprocity-problems-in-pa&catid=13%3Astates&Itemid=1, and (quoting from that article),  “If you've ever considered visiting Pennsylvania, let the Governor know that those plans are on hold until such time as the PA AG stops threatening the rights of responsible, licensed, law-abiding visitors.”


Do you want another anti-gun US Senator? Scott Brown will speak to gun owners next Tuesday, May 20.

[Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.]

Here is a chance to both hear what Scott Brown says about his Second Amendment politics and protest his anti-gun position.  Brown, the former Republican US Senator from Massachusetts who is now running for US Senator from New Hampshire, will speak at the meeting of Gun Owners of New Hampshire next Tuesday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Concord (corner of North Main Street and Loudon Road).  Brown has a consistent anti-gun record, voting for gun bans and other affronts to the Second Amendment.  (See, for example, http://pgnh.org/scott_brown_wrote_letter_opposing_concealed_carry_reciprocity.)
 
The meeting is open to the public. 
 
In  addition, there is going to be a protest of Brown and his anti-gun politics.  The following is from another source: “There will be a bumper sticker giveaway at 6:30 p.m. for those that want to show up and think that Scott Brown is a traitor on the issue of firearms. He may be a smooth talker, but he is a liar! The bumper stickers will be given out to the first 100 people to show up.  Brown's record needs to be exposed, and this is the chance to do so.  Event details:  5/20 (Tuesday night in Concord), 6:30 p.m., corner of North Main and Loudon roads (sidewalk around Holiday Inn).  Wear Blaze Orange and be one of the first 100 attendees and get a free Anti-Brown bumper sticker courtesy of NotBrown.com.  There is public parking in the area; do not park at the Holiday Inn.”

Pro-Gun New Hampshire reelects President Clegg and adds Advisor Goley

[Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.]

The business of Pro-Gun New Hampshire is usually conducted by email and telephone, but yesterday evening, Wednesday, April 30, the Pro-Gun New Hampshire Council of Advisors met for the biennial election of the organization's president.  Most of the Council of Advisors are current and former state legislators from both political parties.  In addition to discussing proposals for future state legislation, the Council unanimously reelected Bob Clegg to his third two-year term as President.  The Honorable Robert E. (Bob) Clegg is the former majority leader of the New Hampshire state senate and a former candidate for the U.S. Congress; for several years he has been a registered lobbyist, and is well-liked and respected by the New Hampshire legislature.


SB244 killed in the NH House

[Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.]

The New Hampshire House of Representatives killed SB244 yesterday by voice vote.  We understand that anti-gun Governor Hassan (Democrat) let it be known to members of the Democrat-majority House that she was not in favor of any gun-related bill that didn't include registration.

Depending on how the November elections go, we look forward to seeing similar legislation passed into law in the next term.  Again, the two parts of the original SB244 were (1) a legal mechanism to restore the rights of those who have recovered from their disqualifying mental health problems, OR who have been wrongly adjudicated; and (2) having New Hampshire join 38 other states in reporting mental health court orders and events (involuntary commitment, appointment of a guardian, not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity, not competent to stand trial) to NICS to protect: (a) dealers from prosecution and lawsuits for unknowingly selling guns to disqualified persons, (b) disqualified persons from prosecution for illegally buying guns, (c) the public from the risks of being shot by a seriously mentally ill person on a rampage with a gun, and (d) gun owners from anti-gun laws resulting from (c).


Tell your state reps to approve SB244, as amended, on Wednesday, April 30

[Posted Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.]

The NH House Judiciary Committee has hugely misunderstood SB244.

After the state senate voted for the annulment part of SB244 by a vote of 17 to 7 (approved by all 13 Republican senators and four of the 11 Democrat senators), the House Judiciary committee voted to kill it.   The bill comes up for a vote of the full House this Wednesday, April 30.

Why did the House committee vote against the bill?  After all, the stripped-down annulment-only version merely provides a way for a person who has recovered from their disqualifying mental health problems to annul their mental health records, in the same way that a person who has been rehabilitated can annul their criminal record.