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.

Winners drawn for two PGNH raffles; one more started, so there are now two in play

[Posted Monday, March 17, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.]

At the Fort Constitution Arms Collectors gun show in Concord last Saturday, March 15, the last remaining tickets were sold for two PGNH members-only gun raffles, and the winners were drawn.  (The drawings were done by two different small children who happened to be at the show.)  Raffle Number 10, for a Kel-Tec P-32 pistol plus ammunition and a holster, was won by George Krzak of Londonderry.  Raffle Number 12, for a Ruger SR-22 pistol plus 300 rounds of ammunition, was won by a PGNH member in Windham who prefers to keep his identity private.  (Note that Raffle 11 had been won in January.)

PGNH is now maintaining at least two open raffles at all times when possible.  Since we started Raffle 13 (a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol with a "billfold brown" grip frame) at the beginning of March, we added a Chiappa 1911-22 Tactical Citadel pistol as Raffle 14 on March 15.  See the "PGNH Gun Raffles" article on the left sidebar of this website's home page for details.

REMINDER: Concord gun show this Saturday, March 15

[Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 9:20 p.m.]

Fort Constitution Arms Collectors, a Pro-Gun New Hampshire affiliate organization, will hold its next gun show this coming Saturday, March 15, at the Bektash Shrine Center, 189 Pembroke Road, Concord, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  General admission is $5. 

For directions, visit http://www.armscollectors.org and click on "Next Gun Show" on the menu bar.

“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: