Join the NRA now!

[Posted Friday, January 11, 2013, at 4:20 p.m.] 

by Evan F. Nappen, Attorney at Law

The single most important thing any gun owner can do right now is join the NRA.  We are facing an onslaught the likes of which we've never seen before.  The anti-gun zealots have pulled out all stops in trying to get their agenda through.  It is strength in numbers that will ultimately be what protects our Second Amendment rights.  Thankfully, the NRA is there and is strong, but it needs to be stronger.  Having a flood of new members joining sends a vital message to those who want to destroy America's freedoms.

Do not believe the NRA bashers: the NRA will NOT compromise on our gun rights.  The stronger the organization becomes, the stronger the wall of defiance will be.  Every gun owner owes it to themselves, their family, and future generations to stand with the NRA, particularly in this time of crisis.  Joining the NRA is easy.  You can call them at 1-877-NRA-2000, or go online to their website, For the small price of a membership fee, you can know that you're making a difference, and you'll receive the full benefits of NRA membership as a bonus.  Please take action now!

Attorney Evan Nappen is a Director and the General Counsel of Pro-Gun New Hampshire,

New handgun raffle: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm pistol

[Posted Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11:30 p.m.]

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Our latest raffle is for a Smith & Wesson M&P ("Military & Police") Shield pistol chambered for the 9mm Parabellum (aka 9mm Luger, aka 9x19) cartridge.  The raffle prize includes an adjustable Kydex paddle holster with a belt-slot adapter, a belt pouch for a spare magazine, and both practice and self-defense ammunition. For details, click on the "PGNH GUN RAFFLES" link at the upper-left corner of the home page of this website. The pistol and accessories will be displayed at our table at the Manchester gun show, January 12 and 13, 2013 (see  At this time, we also still have raffle tickets available for the North American Arms "Pug-T" .22 Mag mini-revolver with night sights. 

Federal firearm ban!

[Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 11:45 p.m.]

By The Honorable Elbert "Bick" Bicknell, Director and Past President, Pro-Gun New Hampshire, Inc.

The recent murders of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, are being heavily exploited by the Obama administration and their allies in Congress to deprive us of our right to bear arms.  Immediately following the Newtown tragedy, President Obama announced that gun control will be a top priority of his second term (in stark contrast to his campaign rhetoric).  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), author of the “Assault Weapons” ban of 1994, has announced she will file an even more draconian, and permanent, gun control bill that she has been working on for the last year (i.e., just waiting for the opportunity to capitalize on a public tragedy). This bill will encompass nearly all semi-automatic firearms in existence, including handguns, forbid their manufacture, require registration of any existing firearms, and prevent their transfer, even among family members. You can find Senator Feinstein’s summary of her legislation here:

This is a critical juncture for those who realize that to fundamentally transform this country as they promised, it is necessary to have unarmed subjects, not armed citizens, to implement their vision.   If the Progressives in Congress, and their sycophants in the mainstream media, can swing public opinion and get their opponents in Congress to roll over, this will be a major victory for them, and the beginning of the end for the Second Amendment.  While the focus of Pro-Gun New Hampshire, Inc., has always been first and foremost on New Hampshire legislation, we should now join with other state organizations to actively support the defeat of any federal legislation that threatens our right to bear arms.

Meanwhile, the Administration’s frenzy to disarm us at the federal level will definitely echo in New Hampshire.  We are expecting Progressives in the legislature to file bills in the 2013 session that will both mirror federal gun bans and attempt to roll back the freedoms we have all fought hard for during the last seven years.  What they will accomplish depends on how willing you are to stop them.  

PGNH's success at the NH Legislature in continuing to restore our right to bear arms, and defeating attempts to make New Hampshire's gun laws look like those in Illinois, New York, or California, is dependent on your involvement.  Not actively participating is the same as supporting those who want to take away your rights.

Your membership and donations will allow us to purchase powerful tools that enable YOU to make a difference.  As bills progress, we will send out Legislative Alerts to our members via email. You can write your own letter or email your state legislators.

Doing nothing, or relying on others to do the work for you, is acceptance of defeat.  

Your participation in the legislative process is critical to restoring and preserving our right to bear arms.  Doing nothing is not an option.

Facebook is purging pro-gun accounts

[Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 4:10 p.m.]  Author's note: Pro-Gun New Hampshire tries to focus on New Hampshire gun-related matters, especially legislation and politics, but I'm posting this article as a matter of "personal privilege."  If the content is later found to be false or exaggerated, I'll post an update.  -- Sam Cohen, PGNH Executive V.P. and CEO.

From the website :

<<December 27, 2012

Facebook is purging accounts that carry pro-second amendment and pro-liberty information in a censorship purge that has accelerated over the past few hours, with innumerable pages being disappeared merely for posting legitimate political content.

A letter to the editor from PGNH Advisor, the Honorable John Tholl

[Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 10:55 p.m.]  Editor's note: John Tholl is one of the original members of the Council of Advisors of Pro-Gun New Hampshire, Inc.  He's a retired NH state trooper and former seven-term state representative and vice-chair of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.  He recently also retired as the police chief of Dalton, NH.

On that fateful Friday I was shocked and horrified by the senseless slaughter of innocents in  Newtown, Connecticut, as was the rest of the nation. I have listened to the numerous pontifications of politicians and so-called experts expressed through the media. It seems that all of the solutions so far expressed are singe-source solutions to a complex issue. No one thing will prevent a reoccurrence of this tragedy, and no combination of solutions will completely prevent it.

Banning the sale of popular modern rifles (erroneously labeled "assault rifles"), magazines, and ammunition will do nothing to prevent a criminal from obtaining a weapon, as there are millions already in private hands, and passing more stringent laws regulating purchase of firearms will not prevent those bent on destruction from obtaining a firearm or other weapon. If the reports are to be believed, the killer was in fact turned down attempting to purchase a firearm.

PGNH attorney responds to calls for gun control

[Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 10:35 p.m.]  Today’s Union Leader newspaper interviewed Pro-Gun New Hampshire (PGNH) General Counsel, attorney Evan Nappen, and on Page A4, published an article titled “Pro-Gun attorney: NH not keeping guns from mentally ill.”  In the same article, they also quoted PGNH Senior Advisor Earl Sweeney, in his official capacity as Assistant Commissioner of the NH Department of Safety.

In response to the Connecticut school shooting horror, and as a rational alternative to the all-too-common knee-jerk calls for gun control, Evan pointed out that New Hampshire state government hasn’t been taking advantage of a federal law that provides significant grant money to states to improve their record-keeping and reporting systems by which “States are supposed to report [to the NICS database] not only felons, but also those barred under federal law from purchasing a gun because they have involuntarily been committed to a mental institution, found by a court to be a danger to himself [sic] or others, found not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity or incompetent to stand trial.”

Not only will this help keep truly mentally dangerous people from buying guns from licensed dealers, but the federal law requires states that accept the money “to have a program so that individuals can have their mental health records expunged if they were cured or no longer suffering from that problem.”  Evan said that “Currently in New Hampshire, there is no way for someone who has had a mental health commitment to have it removed.”

Big win for carry licensing — misdemeanor pot conviction no basis to deny

[Posted Monday, October 30, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.; UPDATED Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.]

Pro-Gun New Hampshire General Counsel, attorney Evan Nappen, has won a significant court case involving concealed carry licensing in New Hampshire.  His client was denied a NH non-resident carry license solely due to a 34 year old misdemeanor marijuana conviction received when he was 18 years old. The State was stubbornly enforcing their administrative rule (which, by the way, has no basis in law) that makes any misdemeanor conviction for drugs an automatic denial.

Public hearing on NH carry license rules that threaten gun rights – please be there!

[Posted Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 6:45 p.m.] 

By Evan F. Nappen, Pro-Gun New Hampshire General Counsel 

Pro-Gun New Hampshire (PGNH) is the first to alert you to about this public hearing, to be held by the NH Department of Safety on Thursday, November 8, at 10:00 a.m.  The hearing is about changes to the Department of Safety’s Administrative Rules under Saf-C 2100 which are due to expire and be reenacted or replaced.  The hearing will be in the Second Floor Conference Room, NH Department of Safety, 33 Hazen Drive, Concord. 

While these Rules concern the basis for denial of NH non-resident concealed carry licenses, they are often misapplied in court to justify denial of resident concealed carry licenses, and therefore must be corrected to protect NH residents as well as non-residents.  The State has brought these Rules up to persuade the judge in every court case I have had for appealing a license denial, both resident and non-resident — AND THE RULES GO BEYOND THE LAW!

PGNH gun raffle winner drawn

[Posted Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.]  Pro-Gun New Hampshire had a table at yesterday’s very well-attended Concord gun show put on by our affiliate organization, Fort Constitution Arms Collectors (see previous post).  At that show, the last of the 100 members-only raffle tickets printed for the Kel-Tec P-3AT (.380) pistol was sold, and the winning ticket drawn.  The winner was notified by phone, and he drove up from Manchester to receive his prize.  Also, over half of the 180 tickets printed for the other current gun raffle have been sold; that raffle is for the North American Arms PUG-T, a five-shot stainless steel .22 Mag. mini-revolver with tritium night sights.  See  We will shortly add another raffle gun, to have at least two raffles available for PGNH members.

Concord Gun Show Saturday October 13

[Posted Friday, October 12, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.]  The show is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; admission is five dollars.  Go to for details and directions.  Fort Constitution Arms Collectors, the sponsor of the show, is an affiliate organization of Pro-Gun New Hampshire.