[Posted Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 11:15 p.m.]

The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs -- the official NRA state affiliate organization for New Jersey (and whose Executive Director is a member of the NRA Board of Directors) -- sent the following alert to its members today:

The 2014 NH legislative season begins – and sure enough, with [two] three anti-gun bills

[Posted Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 2:45 p.m. Updated Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 3:15 p.m.] 

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

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has filed its 2014 “Legislative Service Requests,” LSRs, and the following are — or may be — of interest.  In most cases, the full bills have yet to be written, and sometimes an LSR title is merely a “placeholder” for a future bill that may or may not really fit the title.  In fact, some LSR titles are truly ambiguous, so an LSR with the word “firearm” in its title may be pro-gun or anti-gun. 

These two, however, are pretty clear [Updated 10/3/13 to include a Senate LSR]:  

2014-H-2205-R title: banning assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
Sponsors: (Prime)E. Elaine Andrews-Ahearn  (D-Hampton Falls)  

2014-H-2269-R title: requiring background checks for firearm sales.
Sponsors: (Prime)E. Elaine Andrews-Ahearn  (D-Hampton Falls)

2014-S-2607-R title: relative to criminal background checks performed prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm.
Sponsors: (Prime)David Pierce  (D-Senate District 05)

Smith & Wesson consumer safety alert about M&P Shield pistols

[Posted Monday, August 26, 2013, at 8:15 a.m.]

Smith & Wesson has announced a "consumer safety alert" for owners of certain M&P Shield pistols manufactured before August 19, 2013.  See  (Or go to, click on the word "Safety" near the bottom of the page, and then "M&P Shield Safety Alert" on the left side of that page.)  They say that certain of these pistols could have a problem "that may affect the functionality of the drop safety feature of the firearm, potentially allowing the pistol to discharge if it is dropped."  They provide instructions (including a video) to inspect the pistol to look for the problem, and will pay for all shipping costs if repair is necessary. 

New Jersey Governor Christie Vetoes the Three Remaining Bad Gun Bills

[Posted Friday, August 16, 2013, at 10:05 p.m.]

Pro-Gun New Hampshire is happy to report that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the three remaining legislative bills of the four that were, in our opinion, the main indicators of how he would handle anti-gun legislation if he were to become President of the country.  (Earlier, he had signed the New Jersey anti-gun bill that suspends Second Amendment rights based on the secret federal "terrorist watch list."  Our statement to the press about that was that there were still three bad bills on his desk, and we were still watching.)  Now, we join our friends in New Jersey in thanking Governor Christie for applying some common sense in the state that arguably has the worst gun laws in the country. 

New Hampshire Now Has “Constitutional Carry” (Almost)

[Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.]

By Evan F. Nappen, Esq.

A recent New Hampshire Supreme Court decision (State of NH v. Oriol Dor, decided 8/7/2013) has ruled that in order for a handgun to be considered “loaded” under New Hampshire's RSA 159:4, thereby requiring a valid license, the handgun must either have a round in the gun’s chamber or have a loaded magazine IN the gun.

The court stated as follows:  

NRA and PGNH receive death threats over “Christie Watch”

[Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 2:25 p.m.] 

As we wrote in the August 3 update to the article “Tell this potential Republican candidate for President that New Hampshire voters are watching him!,” our notice about New Jersey Governor (and potential presidential candidate) Chris Christie has “gone viral,” generating major news reports on state (New Jersey), national, and even international (Reuters) news sites.  The article urged voters in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation Republican presidential primary election to see if Christie vetoes New Jersey gun control legislation.

Unfortunately, some people do not like to see their anti-gun agenda challenged. So much so, that we’ve received profanity-laced complaints and even death threats. Here are two such actual messages sent through the PGNH website, exactly as received (except for redacted obscenity):   

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
Sent: Saturday, August 03, 2013 7:34 PM
Subject: [Message to Pro-Gun New Hampshire] “Christie”

jck f sent a message using the contact form at

As  resident of NJ who happens to be for reasonable gun control I'm curious
who the f*** [The actual message used the full word] you people think you are to be
interfering in the NJ governor's race with your threats/ 


----- Original Message -----
From: <>
Sent: Sunday, August 04, 2013 12:16 PM
Subject: [Message to Pro-Gun New Hampshire] “Sam Cohen”

[This message was addressed to Sam Cohen, Pro-Gun New Hampshire (PGNH) Executive Vice President and CEO, because he was briefly interviewed for, and quoted in, the Reuters article.]

Howard Cohen sent a message using the contact form at

As a registered Democrat, and certainly not an avid supporter of Chris Christie, I abhor his [sic – he means “Sam Cohen’s”] threat to the NJ governor about his possible stance on gun control. When viewing all the daily gun violence in this country and mocking all the gun rights advocates who see any sort of gun control as a threat to their second amendment rights, I can only hope that Mr. Cohen, and he shares my last name, has a personal tragedy involving guns. Then perhaps he will somewhat modify his positions. The Second Amendment is outdated, irrelevant and sorely in need of repeal. Nobody back in the 1700's could have possibly envisioned the type of weaponry, size of our population and composition of our current society when they drafted that legislation. Their main purpose was to prevent government anarchy and unlawful impingement on civil rights and property seizure. If you actually feel that this is still a viable threat, you should be transported to a psychiatric facility to deal with your  paranoia. I strongly feel that the only way all you self righteous gun advocates might alter your perceptions is in the presence of a personal tragedy involving a gun event. I sincerely wish that some deranged individual would take a legal assault weapon and shoot up the office and personnel of the NRA. They exert too much power in our country and require extermination. That's all I can say MR. COHEN. [Emphasis added] 


These were two examples of the kind of negative correspondence we’ve been getting, mainly from New Jersey.  Be assured, though, that there have been many, many more messages and calls expressing support.

[Editor’s note: Sam Cohen has written a separate article, expanding on this report with his personal commentary.]   


Personal commentary on the hate mail PGNH has received about our “Christie Watch” article

 [Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.] 

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

Sam Cohen 2012 

I’d like to offer an expanded version, with my personal commentary, of our previously published article, “NRA and PGNH receive death threats over ‘Christie Watch’”:  

Tell this potential Republican candidate for President that New Hampshire voters are watching him!

[Posted Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.; updated Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.]

New Hampshire has a strong influence on Presidential elections because we hold the "first-in-the-nation" Presidential primary.  Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is most likely going to run.  If you want to know what kind of president he'd be, watch what he does as governor.

There are four horrific gun bills sitting on Chris Christie’s desk right now.  What he does with them will tell Granite Staters everything they need to know about who Chris Christie really is.  Please contact him, tell him you’re watching with 2016 in mind, and tell him you want to see him veto these bills: 

Anti-gun rally planned for Saturday August 3rd in Nashua -- let's POLITELY tell them they're wrong!

[Posted  Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 11:40 p.m.]

The Obama "Organizing for Action" people will hold an anti-gun rally this Saturday, August 3, from noon to 1:00 p.m., at the Nashua City Hall Plaza (229 Main St., Nashua).  In particular, this is another nationally-funded political effort to discredit Kelly Ayotte and other Republican US Senators for their SUCCESSFUL vote in the US Senate against federal gun control.  They claim that most NH voters are anti-gun!

Well, let's show them how wrong they are -- but let's not stoop to their level; please remember the PGNH Bylaws Statement of Principles: "Both the organization as a whole and its individual members shall further endeavor to maintain the highest standards of mature and honorable conduct in all dealings with those outside the organization, including public officials, other organizations, and the general public." 

NH Attorney General abandons the duties of his office to play dishonest politics

[Posted Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 1:05 p.m.]

 By The Honorable Bob Clegg, President of Pro-Gun New Hampshire

Yesterday, July 17, Joseph Foster, the Attorney General of New Hampshire, disappointingly stepped away from his role as chief law enforcement officer of the state and instead followed a partisan political agenda.  Like President Obama and federal Attorney General Eric Holder, Foster attempted to capitalize on the emotional reactions of less-informed voters to the George Zimmerman verdict — in this case by calling for a repeal of New Hampshire’s “Stand Your Ground” law. 
Rather than respect the lawful Florida jury decision of Not Guilty, AND the non-partisan honor of their government positions, Obama and Holder are dividing our nation using dishonest and crass racial and political propaganda.  Now our own New Hampshire Attorney General appears ready to join them in this effort. 

Not only do Obama, Holder, and now Foster violate the trust of their high offices, the most frustrating part of all of this is that the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident had NOTHING TO DO with Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, and claiming that it did is nothing less than disgraceful when expressed by New Hampshire’s Attorney General, the state’s top government lawyer.  The legal arguments on the shooting were based entirely on basic self-defense law; Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was NOT used by Zimmerman’s legal defense team in court, and in fact was not a legal issue at all in the Zimmerman case and the death of Trayvon Martin.