“No Compromise” gun groups shoot themselves in the foot over SB244

[Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 2:20 a.m.]

By Sam Cohen

[Editor's note: A somewhat shorter version of this article was published in the Union Leader newspaper, at http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140311/OPINION02/140319908/1004/opinion.] 

 

Gun Owners of America – GOA – has been attacking New Hampshire’s Senate Bill 244 from the beginning with the shock propaganda phrase, “See a shrink, lose your guns.”  A New Hampshire gun group, the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition – the NHFC – has adopted the GOA slogan.  They’re both wrong.  And tragically, that slogan can ruin lives by scaring people away from getting the mental health help they need.


PGNH appoints Director Ken Kreis to coordinate sportsmen's programs

[Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 1:45 a.m.]

The Pro-Gun New Hampshire Board of Directors has appointed PGNH Director, the Honorable Ken Kreis, Sr., as PGNH Sportsmen's Coordinator.  With this new title and accompanying responsibilities, he remains as one of the five members of the Board of Directors.  Ken is a former state representative who was active in the NH House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.  An avid outdoorsman, he's the former President of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, and the co-founder of the Bowhunters Wildlife Management Association of New Hampshire (http://www.bwmanh.org).


GOA digs its hole even deeper

[Posted Monday, March 3, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.]

By Sam Cohen, Pro-Gun New Hampshire Executive Vice President

 

They say that when you’ve dug yourself into a hole, you should stop digging.  Apparently Gun Owners of America, GOA, isn’t following that advice.

Pro-Gun New Hampshire (PGNH) has been publishing articles about New Hampshire Senate Bill (SB) 244 on our website – www.PGNH.org – since January 10.  GOA has been slamming us since that first article.  (In fact, the next article we posted, on January 13, is titled “Pro-Gun New Hampshire responds to a misleading attack on us by Gun Owners of America about SB 244.”)


Gun Owners of America (GOA) and their Executive Director, Larry Pratt, want to stop you from getting your gun rights back

[Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 10:15 p.m.; UPDATED Friday, February 21, 2014, at 6:35 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., to include the text of the proposed amendment to SB 244 referred to in this article, plus a link to the "Open Letter to NH State Senator Sharon Carson" by Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA) also referred to in the article.  Editor's note: a different partially-completed draft amendment was posted by mistake late Thursday night.  We apologize for the error.]

 

By Bob Clegg, President, Pro-Gun New Hampshire

New Hampshire Senate Bill 244, as amended in the NH Senate Judiciary Committee by the committee chair, Senator Sharon Carson, will help restore gun rights for many honest citizens currently banned under federal law. It does so by creating a legal mechanism for restoring gun rights in New Hampshire to those people who have been disqualified under federal law from possessing guns due to a serious mental health issue.  [The text of the amendment is appended to this article.]

If you are one of thousands of individuals who has lost their gun rights due to federal mental health disqualifiers, there is currently no way possible for you to get your gun rights restored.  THIS BILL, AS AMENDED, FIXES THAT!


“No Compromise” gun group shoots itself in the foot on misguided opposition to New Hampshire’s mental health gun bill, SB 244

[Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.]

By Sam Cohen, Executive Vice President, Pro-Gun New Hampshire, Inc.

On Monday, February 17, Gun Owners of America (“GOA”) sent out an email piece citing the case of Noreen Cousins of Ossipee, New Hampshire, as an example of how New Hampshire Senate Bill 244, which they oppose with the slogan “see a shrink, lose your guns,” could unfairly disqualify someone from gun possession.  But in their desperation to back up their false propaganda about the bill, the best they could find was a case that actually argued against their position: Despite being involuntarily committed for mental health observation, Ms. Cousins did NOT lose her gun rights.


Somersworth Housing Authority removes illegal "no firearms" sign at PGNH's request

[Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.]

Last month, Pro-Gun New Hampshire was informed that the Housing Authority of the City of Somersworth had posted a "no firearms allowed" sign at the entrance to their office on Bartlett Street.  We sent a letter to their Executive Director, Deborah Evans, explaining that the presence of this sign was a violation of state law RSA 159:26, which "reserves all regulation of firearms, ammunition, and knives to the state rather than political subdivisions of the state, except for zoning of firearm and knife businesses, and for hunting on land owned by the municipality."

Today we received word that the sign had been removed.  We thank Ms. Evans for her cooperation. 


NH HOUSE KILLS ANTI-GUN BILL HB 1589 -- by a two-to-one vote

[Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.; UPDATED (with details of today's fascinating action on the House floor) 2/12/14 at 1:25 p.m.]

This morning the New Hampshire House of Representatives killed HB 1589 by a vote of more than two to one, even though the bill passed the Commerce Committee by a party-line vote of ten Democrats to eight Republicans, and even though after the last general election, the House make-up switched from 70 percent Republican (normally pro-gun) to now majority Democrat (normally anti-gun).  THANKS TO ALL THE PRO-GUN NEW HAMPSHIRE (PGNH) MEMBERS AND OTHERS WHO BLASTED THEIR STATE REPRESENTATIVES WITH COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS HORRIBLE BILL. 

[Update 2/12/14 at 1:25 p.m.]  Watching complex parliamentary procedures unfold in a legislative body can be like watching an intricate chess match.  Here's what happened today:


Call your state reps ASAP -- major anti-gun bill HB 1589 goes for a full House vote on Wednesday

[Posted Monday, February 10, 2014, at 11:00 p.m.; updated Tuesday, February 11, at 6:10 p.m.]

By Sam Cohen, Pro-Gun New Hampshire Executive Vice President

As we’ve reported earlier, HB 1589, which would make it a felony* to sell or otherwise transfer a gun in New Hampshire without going through a licensed dealer, passed the House Commerce Committee by a party-line vote of ten Democrats to eight Republicans.   This Wednesday, February 12, it will be voted on by the full House of Representatives, whose party makeup is similar.  Because there are anti-gun Republican reps and pro-gun Democrat reps, the outcome is not foregone.  CALL YOUR STATE REP(s) ASAP and tell them why they should defeat this bill.  See the left side of the Pro-Gun New Hampshire website home page, at www.PGNH.org, for links on contacting your state representative(s).  

*[Update 2/11/14: The committee adopted the bill with an amendment -- now posted on the state website at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/amendments/2014-0371H.html  -- that changes the penalty for violation from a felony to a misdemeanor.  This doesn't change the nature of the bill, nor the need to kill it.  Note also that "display" of a firearm makes the sale "commercial."  In addition, there are concerns that the bill calls for dealers to violate federal law.] 

Here are some talking points when you call your state representatives:


NH Commerce Committee votes gun-ban bill HB1589 "Ought to Pass" on party lines

[Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 9:00 p.m.]

The good news is that as we requested, the committee room was packed with people objecting to HB1589, the bill that would make it a felony to sell or transfer a gun in New Hampshire without going through a licensed dealer.  The bad news is despite all that opposition, today the New Hampshire House Commerce Committee voted on party lines, 10 to 8, to pass the bill. The text of the bill is at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1589.html ; note that the commerce committee vice-chair, Donna Schlachman, is a co-sponsor of the bill.

We understand that the next step is that the House Judiciary Committee will review the bill for legalities; after that it goes to the full House of Representatives for a floor vote.  Unfortunately, too many conservative voters stayed home in the 2012 elections, and the House probably has an anti-gun majority.  But if it passes the House, the bill then goes to the NH Senate, which last year killed the anti-gun bill HB135.  Pro-Gun New Hampshire will carefully follow this bill and inform our members of its progress, issuing alerts on contacting legislators to kill this dangerous bill.


URGENT: Come to Concord TOMORROW, Tuesday Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m., to help kill the gun-ban bill HB 1589 -- LOB Room 302

AND CALL THESE STATE REPS TONIGHT! 

[Posted Friday, January 31, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.; updated Monday, February 3, at 1:10 p.m.]

As we've been telling everyone, HB 1589 is the most dangerous anti-gun bill in the New Hampshire legislature.  It would make it a felony to sell or otherwise transfer a gun without going through (and paying) a federally licensed dealer -- and that means registration, which is eventually followed by confiscation.

The NH House Commerce Committee will meet in executive session to vote on HB 1589 on Tuesday, February 4, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 302 of the Legislative Office Building (LOB -- behind the State House; 302 is on the third floor).  Although the public is NOT invited to speak at these executive sessions, all legislative business is open to the public, and we hope everyone reading this will crowd the room -- with signs taped to your clothing saying things like "NO on HB1589" or "ITL HB 1589."  ("ITL" is the legislative code for "Inexpedient to Legislate," meaning "kill the bill.")  You can make a difference!

UPDATE:  We've received a copy of the committee amendment sponsored by the original bill's sponsor, Rep. E. Elaine Andrews-Ahern, and by the chair of the Commerce Committee, Rep. Edward Butler; it's posted below (with typos as in the original).  This is what the anti-gun reps hope to adopt tomorrow -- but it does very little to change the bill; note especially the amendment's definition of a "commercial sale" (which is not really a commercial sale; for example, it would include a gun sale made as a result of posting a note on a gun-club bulletin board).  Please call the Commerce Committee members listed here tonight to tell them to forget trying to amend the bill, just kill it! 

Pro-gun Representative Emily Sandblade emailed this list (below) of the committee reps who need to hear from you, writing "Politely let them know that you consider this bill to be unacceptable (and tell them why) and ask them to vote against it."