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[Posted Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. -- updated Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 4:50 p.m.]
Today, the NH State Senate voted, 19 to 5, to "lay on the table" HB135. To "Lay [a bill] on the Table" is a parliamentary procedure that stops all debate and further motions on a bill (which, in this case, might have embarrassed the anti-gun side), and to "put it on a shelf" -- essentially, killing it. Technically, a majority vote before the end of the legislative session can resurrect a bill ("take it off the table"), but as a practical matter this never happens (and in this case, it's guaranteed that the Republican majority in the Senate won't do so). In other words, HB135 was killed in a polite way. We can only hope that the anti-gun legislators learned from this experience.
[Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 12:40 a.m.]
Today is the last day to remind your state senator to kill HB135, which would repeal New Hampshire's "Stand Your Ground" law. (See the left sidebar on the PGNH.org home page, which has a link to help you contact your state senator.) Oddly, the NRA misrepresented HB135 in yesterday's email alert, which (quoting their alert) says the bill:
This is simply wrong. In February, the NH House Criminal Justice Committee removed the two worst parts of the original bill (displaying a weapon, civil immunity), leaving only repeal of Stand Your Ground (the first item in the NRA's above list). That committee vote was confirmed on the House floor in March, followed by the Democrat-majority House passing the stripped-down version by only five votes, 189 to 184. We understand that it's almost certain that the NH Senate's 13 Republicans will vote to kill the bill on Thursday, along with many of the 11 Democrat Senators, some of whom have publicly announced that they will do so. (But it's still a good idea to remind your state senator how their constituents feel about the bill.) Pro-Gun New Hampshire, the most respected Second Amendment organization in the state, has regularly kept its members and the public informed of all of this.
At PGNH's request, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to kill HB388 -- a well-intentioned bill with unintended consequencesLegislation
[Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.]
We have three times in the past posted articles about HB388, describing it as a good bill and promoting its support in the New Hampshire legislature. It says: "No person who stores or leaves on premises under that person’s control a loaded or unloaded firearm shall be held liable in a subsequent civil case for the criminal acts of another person who illegally obtains possession or control of such firearm and uses such firearm in the commission of a felony or a misdemeanor."
As described in our article on March 2, at http://pgnh.org/good_gun_bill_succeeds_in_nh_house, the House Judiciary Committee voted against the bill, but that was overturned on the floor of the House, and the bill went on to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Recently, however, PGNH Director and General Counsel, attorney Evan Nappen, took a closer look at the bill and concluded that it would actually do more harm than good; we summarized our analysis in a letter we sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, as follows:
[Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 5:20 p.m.]
By The Honorable Bob Clegg, President of Pro-Gun New Hampshire
The NH Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4 to 1 against HB135 (the bill to repeal New Hampshire's "Stand Your Ground" law, which says that you do not have a legal duty to retreat when faced with a deadly threat not just in your home, but anywhere you have a right to be).
Voting to kill HB135: Senators Sharon Carson, R (Committee Chair, and PGNH Advisor); Betty Lasky, D (Committee Vice Chair); Sam Cataldo, R (PGNH Advisor); David Boutin, R. Voting to accept HB135: Senator Donna Soucy, D.
Senator Donna Soucy said she voted for HB135 because the very few calls she received were asking her to support the bill and repeal "Stand Your Ground." She seems willing to listen to her constituents, which suggests that it's time for people to ask her to vote to kill HB135 when she votes with the full Senate on this bill.
Self defense, especially for women, should not be a partisan issue, and New Hampshire should be proud that a number of Senate Democrats agree and have said that they'll vote against HB135.
Let's take the starch out of an ANTI-gun rally - Tuesday April 30, 5:00 p.m., Tilton [UPDATED May 1]Articles
[Posted Friday, April 26, 2013, at 7:20 p.m.]
UPDATE Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 4:25 p.m.: A PGNH member reports: "People who attended Ayotte's town halls tell me there were 'many more supporters' there than opponents, and the few who were there to disrupt, were shipped in from out of state by the outside-funded radical left-wing Granite State Progress group. The media loves to make this look like people were clamoring for her ousting over this vote."
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte is pro-gun, and the only U.S. senator from the eastern states north of Virginia who voted against Obama's gun control schemes in the U.S. Senate -- which makes her a major target for the anti-gun "progressive" idiots from MoveOn and other hate groups. She's having a town hall meeting in Tilton* at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, and the left-wing, America-hating orcs and demons will be out in force. Let's show up and beat them at their own game! Please PASS THE WORD. (Note: Let's not stoop to their level; we're the respectable, well-behaved ones, right?) *[Winnisquam Regional High School, 435 West Main St., Tilton]
A friend wrote: Here's a call [see below] for mass action by some Democrat statists. Can we put a few hundred libertarians and conservative Republicans in Tilton at their gathering? (We're always at a disadvantage in these situations; Republicans tend to have jobs and family responsibilities.)
[Posted Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.]Evan Nappen and Craig Moses
(Nashua, NH, April 24, 2013) After two days of trial and jury deliberation in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, a verdict of not guilty was rendered in the case of State v Craig Moses. The attorney for Mr. Moses was Evan Nappen (in the suit coat in the above photograph), who is also the General Counsel and one of the five Directors of Pro-Gun New Hampshire. Mr. Moses had defended himself and his cousin, who was knocked unconscious and was lying in a pool of blood after having been brutally punched and kicked in the head. The attack on Mr. Moses and his cousin occurred early in the morning of May 5, 2012 outside a Nashua nightclub called “The Junk Yard.”
Last chance to tell the NH legislature to kill the anti-rights bill, HB135 -- Senate hearing is scheduled for Tuesday April 23.Legislation
[Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 10:20 a.m.]
Next Tuesday, April 23, at 9:00 a.m., the NH Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on HB135 (which we've written about in several earlier articles) in Room 100 of the State House. PLEASE ATTEND; you can either sign the pink card to testify against the bill (keep it short, please), or sign the blue sheet to register your opposition to it without testifying. Either way, let's crowd the committee room to let the state senate know how important it is to kill this bill.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Chair is Senator Sharon Carson, an Advisor to Pro-Gun New Hampshire. One of the other four committee members is Sam Cataldo, also a PGNH Advisor. Both are great supporters of Second Amendment rights. The other committee members are Republican David Boutin and Democrats Betty Lasky and Donna Soucy. If you can't make the hearing, go to the committee's web page,
PLEASE STAY after the 9:00 a.m. hearing on HB135. Immediately after that hearing, the committee is scheduled to have a public hearing on HB388, a GOOD bill sponsored by PGNH Advisor Rep. Carol McGuire and co-sponsored by several other state reps, including PGNH Advisor Dan Eaton. As we've written earlier, we strongly support this bill, which would add the following state law: "650-C:2 Civil Immunity. No person who stores or leaves on premises under that person’s control a loaded or unloaded firearm shall be held liable in a subsequent civil case for the criminal acts of another person who illegally obtains possession or control of such firearm and uses such firearm in the commission of a felony or a misdemeanor."
[Posted Thursday, April 11. 2013, at 3:35 p.m.] The Honorable John Tholl, former state rep and Chief of Police, and a member of the Pro-Gun New Hampshire Council of Advisors, sent in the results of a survey of 15,000 police officers conducted in March by the organization PoliceOne (home page http://www.policeone.com/). The full survey details are at