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.


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).