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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)


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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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Act now to help kill SB 389, which would give Fish & Game officers more police powers than state troopers

[Posted Monday, April 14, 2014, at 7:55 a.m.; UPDATED Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.]

By Kenneth Kreis, Sr., PGNH Sportsmen’s Coordinator

Senate Bill 389, as amended in the Senate, would expand the law enforcement authority of New Hampshire Fish & Game Conservation Officers to include ALL Motor Vehicle authority.  The sections of law shown below in italics are of particular concern.

SB 389 is now in the NH House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee, which is scheduled to decide the bill in executive session on Wednesday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Legislative Office Building (behind the State House).  [Update April 22: The committee has postponed the executive session for deciding its vote on the bill.  There is a subcommittee meeting scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Room 307 of the Legislative Office Building.]  While this is not a public hearing – that happened on April 8 – there is time to contact the members of the committee and urge them to vote “ITL” (Inexpedient to Legislate, meaning to recommend that the House kill the bill).  Committee members and their contact information are listed later in this article.


Public hearing for SB244 Wednesday, April 9 -- House Judiciary Committee

[Posted Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 9:30 p.m.]

The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 244 at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Room 208 of the Legislative Office Building (behind the State House). 

As those who’ve been following New Hampshire state legislation must know by now, the original purpose of SB 244 was to stop unlawful sales of firearms to federally prohibited persons, and to create a legal method for persons to regain their Second Amendment rights after their mental health problems have been resolved.   On March 27, the state senate discarded the first part of the bill by voice vote, and passed the second part — annulment of mental health court records to allow legal restoration of gun rights for the first time in New Hampshire — by a vote of 17 to seven, with all 13 Republican senators and four of the 11 Democrat senators voting in favor.

While there has been much misunderstanding and misguided controversy about the bill in the past, at this point it is strictly a matter of fairness and decency to enable restoring the rights of people whose doctors now say they are safe and sane.


NH Senate passes the annulment section of SB244 by a vote of 17 to 7

[Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.; updated 3/27/14 at 10:30 p.m.]

The New Hampshire Senate voted 17 to 7 this afternoon to pass the mental health record annulment section of SB244, as amended by Judiciary Committee amendment 2014-1114s, and not the part of the amended bill that would create a commission to study the reporting of mental health federal gun disqualifications to NICS.  We will publish more detailed information later.  The text of amendment 2014-1114s can be seen in the updated article at
http://pgnh.org/pro_gun_new_hampshire_stands_with_the_nra_ila_in_support_of_the_amended_sb244.

UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: Since there was still so much misinformation, misunderstanding, and confusion about the bill (some senators seemed to believe that it was only being on the NICS list that prohibited you from guns; others imagined the bill costing towns and cities money), Senator Bragdon (R) asked to divide the bill into two separate pieces: annulling mental health gun disqualifier records, and creating the commission.  Such division is permissible as long as the parts are separable, meaning neither part needs the other to work (and that was how the amended bill was structured).  This was a properly conservative step, because it meant the annulment part could proceed even if there wouldn't be enough votes to create the commission (which most people thought would end up recommend reporting disqualified people to NICS).  The debate was on the study commission section first. A voice vote was taken and that section died. Then the debate shifted to the annulment part, and this passed by a roll call vote of 17 to 7.  The seven who voted against allowing people to annul their mental health records were Senators D'Allesandro (D), Fuller Clark (D), Kelly (D), Larson (D), Lasky (D), Pierce (D), and Soucy (D).  Democrat Senators Gilmour, Hosmer, Watters, and Woodburn voted with all the Republicans.


Help New Hampshire Override the Federal 1968 Gun Control Act BAN: Contact your State Senators NOW to Vote for SB 244!

[Posted Monday, March 24, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.]

By Evan Nappen, Esq., Pro-Gun New Hampshire General Counsel

The Federal 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA '68) created new categories of persons who are BANNED from possessing guns. These new prohibited persons included those who had mental health commitments. There was no way for such  persons to get their gun rights back.

It was not until 2007 that the National Rifle Association was able to get a Federal Law passed that forced the Federal government to recognize a State annulment of a mental health record.  Now the Federal government must recognize a State annulment and deem such a person no longer prohibited from possessing guns under Federal law.

Unfortunately, New Hampshire has NO state mental health annulment process.  New Hampshire Senate Bill 244 creates an annulment process that will help restore gun rights to thousands of persons who are not a danger to themselves or others or a threat to public safety. This is one of those rare opportunities where the State of New Hampshire can pass a law that can override a Federal Gun Ban and help thousands of honest and safe citizens get their gun rights back. It does not get any more Pro-Gun than that!

SB 244 is supported by the NRA, NSSF, GO-NH, and PGNH.

Contact your state senator NOW. There is a vote coming this Thursday, March 27.

Tell them to override the Federal GCA’68 and allow the restoration of Second Amendment rights to thousands of persons who are not danger to themselves or others or a threat to public safety.

To contact your state senator, go to
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/wml.aspx.



Scott Brown wrote letter opposing concealed carry reciprocity

[Posted Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.]

Scott Brown, former US Senator from Massachusetts, has moved to New Hampshire to run for the US Senate again, but this time from New Hampshire. His first step will be as a candidate in the Republican primary election. His anti-gun record, including support for bans on so-called “assault weapons,” is all over the internet; try a web search on terms like "Scott Brown anti-gun" or "Scott Brown Second Amendment." One of the most ironic web-search results is a recent (March 20) post on the Concord Patch website by Peter Burling, former anti-gun NH state senator and Democrat leader of the NH House, titled "Like Brown, I Support Assault Weapons Ban." (See http://concord-nh.patch.com/groups/peter-hoe-burlings-blog/p/the-view-from-squag-city_0c483bb5.)

When he was a US Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown wrote this letter to the anti-gun mayor of Boston, agreeing with him in opposing national concealed carry reciprocity and saying that he would vote against it in the Senate:


Pro-Gun New Hampshire stands with the NRA-ILA in support of the amended SB244

[Posted Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 8:35 p.m.; UPDATED Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., to include the entire amendment 2014-1101s; UPDATED AGAIN Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 8:50 p.m. to also include the entire amendment 2014-1114s, adopted by the NH Senate Judiciary Committee today (March 20) by a vote of 3 to 2 on party lines.  Amendment 2014-1114s differs from 2014-1101s chiefly in that it removes the line "The commission may also study any other issue [other than NICS] which the commission deems relevant to its purpose."]

It is vital that residents of the Granite State, as well as other individuals across the country, have a procedure to restore their Second Amendment rights when taken away for certain mental health conditions.  This amendment [SB244 amendment 2014-1101s] takes positive steps to ensure that New Hampshire has a strong state statute to restore rights while taking the proper steps and precautions to study the inclusion of federally prohibited individuals in the NICS system.”  This quote is from an NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) email alert sent today, March 19, 2014; the alert is also posted on the NRA-ILA website, at http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2014/3/new-hampshire-senate-committee-to-hear-mental-health-reform-bill-tomorrow.aspx?s=&st=10493&ps=.


HB 1264 -- Sometimes even the anti-gunners learn

[Posted Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.]

By Sam Cohen, Executive Vice President

Sometimes even the anti-gunners learn -- that is, they learn when their actions have been so embarrassing that they can't win.  We wrote about HB 1264 and its outrageous amendment yesterday.  Today the New Hampshire House voted, 186 to 150, to table the bill.

HB 1264 -- this is what happens when pro-gun people don't vote


[Posted Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 8:10 p.m.]

By Sam Cohen, Executive Vice President

Unlike in 1960, when NRA Life Member John F. Kennedy was elected President, the Democratic Party now maintains a strong and ever more radical anti-Second Amendment position.  While Pro-Gun New Hampshire is politically non-partisan, it’s undeniable that anti-gun-rights legislation is almost exclusively sponsored and supported by Democrats.  In the last election, the people of New Hampshire elected a House of Representatives that “flipped” from 70 percent Republican — representing a veto-proof legislative majority — to the current Democrat majority.   Arguably, this happened because many pro-Second-Amendment voters either ignored the gun-rights positions of the candidates, or stayed home and didn’t vote.  This article provides an example of what can happen when the wrong people win elections to the legislature.