At PGNH's request, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to kill HB388 -- a well-intentioned bill with unintended consequences

[Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.]

We have three times in the past posted articles about HB388, describing it as a good bill and promoting its support in the New Hampshire legislature.  It says:  "No person who stores or leaves on premises under that person’s control a loaded or unloaded firearm shall be held liable in a subsequent civil case for the criminal acts of another person who illegally obtains possession or control of such firearm and uses such firearm in the commission of a felony or a misdemeanor."

As described in our article on March 2, at, the House Judiciary Committee voted against the bill, but that was overturned on the floor of the House, and the bill went on to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Recently, however, PGNH Director and General Counsel, attorney Evan Nappen, took a closer look at the bill and concluded that it would actually do more harm than good; we summarized our analysis in a letter we sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, as follows:

Good news: NH Senate Judiciary Committee votes 4 to 1 against HB135

[Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 5:20 p.m.]

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

The NH Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4 to 1 against HB135 (the bill to repeal New Hampshire's "Stand Your Ground" law, which says that you do not have a legal duty to retreat when faced with a deadly threat not just in your home, but anywhere you have a right to be).

Voting to kill HB135: Senators Sharon Carson, R (Committee Chair, and PGNH Advisor); Betty Lasky, D (Committee Vice Chair); Sam Cataldo, R (PGNH Advisor); David Boutin, R.  Voting to accept HB135: Senator Donna Soucy, D.

Senator Donna Soucy said she voted for HB135 because the very few calls she received were asking her to support the bill and repeal "Stand Your Ground."  She seems willing to listen to her constituents, which suggests that it's time for people to ask her to vote to kill HB135 when she votes with the full Senate on this bill. 

Self defense, especially for women, should not be a partisan issue, and New Hampshire should be proud that a number of Senate Democrats agree and have said that they'll vote against HB135.

Let's take the starch out of an ANTI-gun rally - Tuesday April 30, 5:00 p.m., Tilton [UPDATED May 1]

[Posted Friday, April 26, 2013, at 7:20 p.m.]

UPDATE Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 4:25 p.m.:  A PGNH member reports: "People who attended Ayotte's town halls tell me there were 'many more supporters' there than opponents, and the few who were there to disrupt, were shipped in from out of state by the outside-funded radical left-wing Granite State Progress group.  The media loves to make this look like people were clamoring for her ousting over this vote." 

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte is pro-gun, and the only U.S. senator from the eastern states north of Virginia who voted against Obama's gun control schemes in the U.S. Senate -- which makes her a major target for the anti-gun "progressive" idiots from MoveOn and other hate groups.  She's having a town hall meeting in Tilton* at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, and the left-wing, America-hating orcs and demons will be out in force.  Let's show up and beat them at their own game!  Please PASS THE WORD.  (Note: Let's not stoop to their level; we're the respectable, well-behaved ones, right?) *[Winnisquam Regional High School, 435 West Main St., Tilton]

A friend wrote: Here's a call [see below] for mass action by some Democrat statists. Can we put a few hundred libertarians and conservative Republicans in Tilton at their gathering? (We're always at a disadvantage in these situations; Republicans tend to have jobs and family responsibilities.)

Attorney Nappen Wins Self Defense Jury Trial -- Felony Criminal Threatening with a Handgun

[Posted Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.]

Evan Nappen and Craig MosesEvan Nappen and Craig Moses

(Nashua, NH, April 24, 2013) After two days of trial and jury deliberation in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, a verdict of not guilty was rendered in the case of State v Craig Moses.  The attorney for Mr. Moses was Evan Nappen (in the suit coat in the above photograph), who is also the General Counsel and one of the five Directors of Pro-Gun New Hampshire.  Mr. Moses had defended himself and his cousin, who was knocked unconscious and was lying in a pool of blood after having been brutally punched and kicked in the head. The attack on Mr. Moses and his cousin occurred early in the morning of May 5, 2012 outside a Nashua nightclub called “The Junk Yard.”

Last chance to tell the NH legislature to kill the anti-rights bill, HB135 -- Senate hearing is scheduled for Tuesday April 23.

[Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 10:20 a.m.]

Next Tuesday, April 23, at 9:00 a.m., the NH Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on HB135 (which we've written about in several earlier articles) in Room 100 of the State House.  PLEASE ATTEND; you can either sign the pink card to testify against the bill (keep it short, please), or sign the blue sheet to register your opposition to it without testifying.  Either way, let's crowd the committee room to let the state senate know how important it is to kill this bill. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee Chair is Senator Sharon Carson, an Advisor to Pro-Gun New Hampshire.  One of the other four committee members is Sam Cataldo, also a PGNH Advisor.  Both are great supporters of Second Amendment rights.  The other committee members are Republican David Boutin and Democrats Betty Lasky and Donna Soucy.  If you can't make the hearing, go to the committee's web page,, and call the committee members.  You'll probably have a better chance of reaching them at home than at their Senate office.

PLEASE STAY after the 9:00 a.m. hearing on HB135.  Immediately after that hearing, the committee is scheduled to have a public hearing on HB388, a GOOD bill sponsored by PGNH Advisor Rep. Carol McGuire and co-sponsored by several other state reps, including PGNH Advisor Dan Eaton.  As we've written earlier, we strongly support this bill, which would add the following state law: "650-C:2 Civil Immunity. No person who stores or leaves on premises under that person’s control a loaded or unloaded firearm shall be held liable in a subsequent civil case for the criminal acts of another person who illegally obtains possession or control of such firearm and uses such firearm in the commission of a felony or a misdemeanor."


Survey of 15,000 police officers shows they overwhelmingly oppose gun control

[Posted Thursday, April 11. 2013, at 3:35 p.m.]  The Honorable John Tholl, former state rep and Chief of Police, and a member of the Pro-Gun New Hampshire Council of Advisors, sent in the results of a survey of 15,000 police officers conducted in March by the organization PoliceOne (home page  The full survey details are at; the following highlights are from their article at

Seminars April 20 and May 4: responsible firearms ownership, use of force scale and laws, violence planning, and more

[Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 10:15 p.m.]  Blue-U Seminars are taught by senior NH police officers.  The next seminars will be held in Manchester on Saturday, April 20, and in Keene on Saturday, May 4.  Times are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m; cost is $25 for advance registration or $30 at the door.  Advance registration is recommended because seating is limited to 150 participants.  Payment may be made by PayPal.  Go to for details and registration. 

Rep. Shurtleff's HB135 squeaks through the NH House, 189 to 184

[Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.; revised March 27 at 3:30 p.m.; updated March 28 at 1:20 p.m. to include roll-call information.]

By Pro-Gun New Hampshire President Bob Clegg and Executive Vice President Sam Cohen

At the last election, the NH House of Representatives makeup changed from a Republican majority to a Democrat majority.  Rep. Stephen Shurtleff, the sponsor of anti-gun/anti-rights HB135, is the majority (Democrat) leader.  While some thought that all the Democrat legislators would hold to the strict party line and vote against gun rights, PGNH thought otherwise.  Today, HB135 passed the House by a roll-call "squeaker" vote of 189 to 184 -- meaning that only three elected representatives would have needed to change their votes for law abiding NH citizens to have won the battle, and demonstrating that the NH House of Representatives showed  true grit by at least partly rejecting party politics, as per PGNH's original belief.  Further, the House first voted, 217 to 115, to accept the earlier committee amendment that removed the two most dangerous parts of the original three-part bill (as we reported in our March 2nd article, 


[Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.]

by Evan F. Nappen, Attorney at Law, General Counsel of Pro-Gun New Hampshire, Inc.


In a recent opinion-editorial article in the Union Leader, Representative Stephen Shurtleff attempts to show that New Hampshire’s “Stand Your Ground” law would have allowed a man on trial for a 2011 murder to possibly go free.  Tomorrow, March 27, the NH House of Representatives will vote on Shurtleff’s bill, HB135, to repeal Stand Your Ground.

In the UL article, Shurtleff claims that the defendant could have used Stand Your Ground as a defense if that law had been in effect at the time of the shooting — but this is flatly not true, and it demonstrates Shurtleff’s misunderstanding of New Hampshire’s self-defense law.   

Yes, it WAS stupid

[Posted Friday, March 22, 2013, at 10:45 p.m.]

In an article we posted here yesterday afternoon, we told you that even members of the bill sponsors' own party described HB290 as "stupid."  The NH House agreed, voting the bill "Inexpedient to Legislate" (killing it) by a vote of 322 to 9.  (The 322 extra-super-duper majority included the bill's prime sponsor himself, Delmar Burridge.)  Come on -- how can someone "openly" carry a gun "within any of the person’s possessions"?  (That's from the bill's own language.)  We didn't want to point this out earlier because, as ridiculous as it may seem, apparently the anti-gunners in the House didn't catch it.