New Hampshire: Gov Sununu exempts gun stores failing to protect public

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Governor Sununu issued an emergency Stay-At Home order closing non-essential business. He listed all firearms-related “essential” business as essential. This means, gun stores will remain open. He disregarded public safety for two reasons:

  • The purpose of closing businesses is to stop the virus spread. Every type of business he leaves open increases the spread of the virus.
  • Gun groups try to frighten citizens into fears of public panic. The subtle message they use is, you need a gun to protect your family from those desperate for food. Now is the perfect time to frighten the public to buy more guns, but they need the gun business to churn away as normal.

NRA strategy

The pro-gun group asked their members to:

“…remember that Governor Chris Sununu upheld the right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones.”


March 18, 2020

New Hampshire: Legislative Session Suspended

The New Hampshire Legislature suspended their session until April 10th. No floor sessions or hearing will be scheduled.


March 15, 2020

New Hampshire: Gun safety bills pass House and on to Senate

Five gun safety bills passed the New Hampshire House and now move on to the Senate where the bills will be assigned to a committee.

NRA strategy

The pro-gun group alerted their members to contact their State Senator opposing these bills. The NRA gets most of their power from the advocacy of their members. If concerned citizens make the contacts as well, the pro-gun group’s power will be diminished.

The bills

The House passed five gun safety bills:

  • House Bill 1608 limits ammunition magazine capacities. The limit would be 15 rounds for a hand gun and 10 rounds for a long gun. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1349 establishes a committee to study firearms incidents involving children with access to unsecured firearms. The NRA labels this as “creating anti-gun propaganda.” 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1374 repeals the law stopping state agencies from destroying surrendered firearms. Currently, they are required to sell them. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1285 bans guns on school grounds. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1143 repeals the liability protections for gun companies. Of course, the NRA will fight this for their gun companies. 👍 Like

The House rejected two gun safety bills:

  • House Bill 1350 requires that anytime a firearm is given or sold to another person, it must include a firearm locking device. This can be a gun lock or a safe. It helps keep guns away from children. The NRA disapproves of this measure because of additional government safety approval. They give no argument related to gun safety. They call it a waste of taxpayer dollars. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1115 prohibits the firing of guns within 900 feet of a commercial building without prior approval of the landowner. Currently, the perimeter is only 300 feet. 👍 Like

Action

Please call or email the office of your New Hampshire State Senator. Ask that they support House Bills 1608, 1349, 1374, 1285, and 1143.


  • To find your representative and senator’s phone and email, enter your address at Common Cause.
  • Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible. Make sure you include your full name and address.

March 9, 2020

New Hampshire: NH House to vote on many gun control bills this week

The New Hampshire House of Representatives is holding a floor vote on a number of gun safety bills this week. This is the time to stop complaining and actually change things. Your representative needs you support.

NRA strategy

The NRA alerted their members to contact their representatives and ask them to oppose these bills.

The bills

  • House Bill 1349 establishes a committee to study firearms incidents involving children with access to unsecured firearms. The NRA labels this as “creating anti-gun propaganda.” 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1350 requires that anytime a firearm is given or sold to another person, it must include a firearm locking device. This can be a gun lock or a safe. It helps keep guns away from children. The NRA disapproves of this measure because of additional government safety approval. They give no argument related to gun safety. They call it a waste of taxpayer dollars. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1374 repeals the law stopping state agencies from destroying surrendered firearms. Currently, they are required to sell them. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1608 limits ammunition magazine capacities. The limit would be 15 rounds for a hand gun and 10 rounds for a long gun. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1285 bans guns on school grounds. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1143 repeals the liability protections for gun companies. Of course, the NRA will fight this for their gun companies. 👍 Like
  • House Bill 1115 prohibits the firing of guns within 900 feet of a commercial building without prior approval of the landowner. Currently, the perimeter is only 300 feet. 👍 Like

Action

Please call or email the office of your New Hampshire State Representative. Urge them to support House Bills 1349, 1350, 1374, 1608, 1285, 1143, and 1115.


  • To find your representative and senator’s phone and email, enter your address at Common Cause.
  • Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible. Make sure you include your full name and address.

March 6, 2020

New Hampshire: Repeal of gun range immunity fails

On March 5th, the bill to repeal gun range protections from neighborhood complaints failed in the Senate. Gun ranges in New Hampshire will continue their protections from any kind of noise restrictions.

NRA strategy

Pro-gun zealots pressed legislators to defeat this bill and won. The NRA thanked them with: “Thanks to your steady opposition, this bill was defeated and will not advance this session.”

The bills

  • Senate Bill 469 repeals the law protecting gun ranges from noise restrictions. The bill also eliminates gun range protections from being sued for excessive noise infractions. 👍Like

March 4, 2020

New Hampshire: Full senate to vote on gun range noise protections

On Thursday, March 5th, the New Hampshire Senate is scheduled to vote on a repeal of the gun range immunity from lawsuits. Currently, gun ranges cannot be restricted from making any noise they want, other than the restrictions in place when they opened.

NRA strategy

The NRA alerted their members to contact their New Hampshire State Senator and urge them to oppose SB 469. Their members were told that the bill “endangers shooting ranges.” We know that the NRA is supported by and works for the gun ranges. So, the alert fulfills their obligation to the gun ranges with no regard for the annoyance to neighbors.

The bills

  • Senate Bill 469 repeals the law protecting gun ranges from noise restrictions. The bill would also eliminate gun range protections from being sued for excessive noise infractions. 👍Like

Action

Thank you to those who attended the Judiciary Committee hearing. If you haven’t already done so, please call or email the office of your NH State Senator and urge them to support SB 469.

  • To find your representative and senator’s phone and email, enter your address at Who are My Representatives.
  • Make sure you include your full name and address. Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible.

February 27, 2020

New Hampshire: Two-gun safety bills pass the House

This past week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed the universal background check bill and the three-day waiting period bill. Congratulations to those who contacted their Representatives.

The NRA immediately asked their pro-gun fanatics to contact their State Senator. We ask that our subscribers also contact your State Senator and ask for support of these two bills. They need to know that gun control people also care about these bills.

The bills

  • House Bill 1379-FN requires all gun sales between individuals go through a firearms dealer for a background check. Currently, only sales at a gun dealer undergo a background check. 👍
  • House Bill 1101-FN requires a three-day waiting period between the purchase and the receipt of a weapon. This would reduce the risk of impulsive purchases in anger. 👍

Action

Please call or email the office of your New Hampshire State Senator. Ask for support of House Bills 1379 and 1101. Both are simple measures to make New Hampshire safer.


February 18, 2020

New Hampshire: Four bills to get full House votes on Feb 19

This is the moment to contact your New Hampshire State Representative because they will all be voting on four good gun control bills on Thursday, Feb 19.

With a late notice today, the NRA notified their member to contact their State Representatives and urge them to oppose these four bills. Gun safety advocates should take a moment to call or email their Representative and ask for support of these bills. Legislators need the support to resist the pressure of pro-gun fanatics who will make the calls and send the emails.

The bills

  • House Bill 1379-FN would require all gun sales between individuals go through a firearms dealer for a background check. Currently, only sales at a gun dealer undergo a background check. 👍
  • House Bill 1101-FN would require a three-day waiting period between the purchase and the receipt of a weapon. This would reduce the risk of impulsive purchases in anger. 👍
  • House Bill 1350 would require that anytime a firearm is given or sold to another person, it must include a firearm locking device. This can be a gun lock or a safe. It would help keep guns away from children. The NRA disapproves of this measure because of additional government safety approvals required. They call it a waste of taxpayer dollars. 👍
  • House Bill 1509 would establish an Extreme Risk Protection Orders process for students at colleges. This bill would help keep guns away from dangerous people on campuses. 👍

Action

Please email your New Hampshire State Representative.  Ask them to support HB 1379-FN, 1101-FN, 1350 and 1509.  All of these bills will help reduce gun violence in New Hampshire.


February 17, 2020

New Hampshire: Hearing on Feb 18 to make commercial areas safer

On Tuesday, February 18 a public hearing will be held to discuss HB 1115. This bill would expand the perimeter around commercial property where guns can be fired. Shooters can still fire their guns on the land if they get the owner’s permission.

The NRA asked their members today to email the New Hampshire House Municipal County Government Committee to oppose this bill. Gun violence prevention advocates should email and support this bill.

The bill

  • House Bill 1115 would prohibit the firing of guns within 900 feet of a commercial building without prior approval of the landowner. Currently, the perimeter is only 300 feet.  👍

Action

Please email the New Hampshire House Municipal County Government Committee members at HouseMunicipalandCountyGovt@leg.state.nh.us. Ask them to support House Bill 1115 to keep gun fire away from commercial areas.


February 9, 2020

New Hampshire: Magazine capacity hearing, Wednesday, Feb 12

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold a public hearing on limiting magazine capacities. It will be open to the public so the committee can hear opinions on the bill.

The NRA is urging their members to attend and express opposition to the bill. You can be sure their members will attend in force. This is a perfect chance to offset the power of gun owners by attending this meeting.

The bill

  • House Bill 1608 would limit ammunition magazine capacities. The limit would be 15 rounds for a hand gun and 10 rounds for a long gun. 👍

Action

Please attend the hearing if possible:

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
February 12th at 1:30 PM
Legislative Office Building, Room 204
33 N State St.
Concord, NH 03301

You can also email all committee at the this address:
HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us

Please ask the committee members to support HB 1608 to limit magazine capacities of assault weapons. Nobody needs large capacity assault weapons for hunting or to defend their home.


February 1, 2020

New Hampshire: Five-gun safety bills have hearings this week

The New Hampshire House of Representatives is determined to forge ahead with gun safety measures, even in the face of the pro-gun proliferation Governor Sununu’s eventual veto. With support of these bills by concerned citizens, the veto could be overridden.

The NRA alerted their members to the hearings this week. No schedules were given. Only requests to fill out form letters to be sent to committee members. An individual message to your own Representative at this time would be simple and effective.

The bills

House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee

  • House Bill 1350 would require that anytime a firearm is given or sold to another person, it must include a firearm locking device. This can be a gun lock or a safe. It would help keep guns away from children. The NRA disapproves of this measure because of additional government safety approval required with no argument against how it would help with gun safety. They call it a waste of taxpayer dollars. 👍

House Judiciary Committee

  • House Bill 1143 would repeal the liability protections for gun companies. Of course, the NRA will fight this for their gun companies. 👍

House Children & Family Law Committee

  • House Bill 1349 would establish a committee to study firearms incidents involving children with access to unsecured firearms. The NRA labels this as “creating anti-gun propaganda.” 👍

House Education Committee

  • House Bill 1509 would establish an Extreme Risk Protection Orders process for students at colleges. This bill would help keep guns away from dangerous people on campuses. 👍
  • House Bill 1285 would ban guns on school grounds. 👍

Action

Please call or email the office of your New Hampshire State Representative. Ask him or her to help support HB 1350, 1143, 1349, 1509 and 1285. Mention that all these bills have hearings this week and that they will promote gun violence prevention in New Hampshire.


January 26, 2020

New Hampshire: Universal background checks and a waiting period before committee

On Tuesday (01/28), two bills be discussed by the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. The session will be closed to the public. The NRA sent out an alert to their members to contact the committee and ask them to oppose these bills.

Last year, the New Hampshire legislature passed several good gun safety bills and then the Governor vetoed them. With enough calls and emails to legislators this year, his veto power could be overridden.

The bills

  • House Bill 1379-FN would require all gun sales between individuals go through a firearms dealer for a background check. Currently, only sales at a gun dealer undergo a background check. 👍
  • House Bill 1101-FN would require a three day waiting period between the purchase and the receipt of a weapon. This would reduce the risk of impulsive purchases in anger. 👍

Action

Please call or email the office of Robert Renny Cushing (D), Committee Chairman. His contact info is renny.cushing@leg.state.nh.us
(603.926.2737). Urge the committee to approve HB 1379-FN and HB 1101-FN to reduce the risk of gun violence in New Hampshire. This will help counteract pro-gun calls and emails.


January 20, 2020

New Hampshire: Two gun control bills have hearings this week

I previously notified New Hampshire subscribers of a gun range restriction bill being heard by a committee on Thursday. Since then, the NRA alerted their members to attend a hearing on Wednesday to fight two gun control bills. Gun control supporters attending these meetings will help counteract the power of pro-gun groups.

The first bill would eliminate the loopholes allowing gun sales to go through without a background check. The second would require a three-day waiting period to receive a gun after purchase. This would allow a cooling off period for those buying a gun in anger.

The bills

  • House Bill 1379-FN would require all private sales of firearms undergo a background check. 👍
  • House Bill 1101-FN would require a three-day waiting period to receive a purchased gun. 👍

Action

Please consider attending the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting on Wednesday (Jan 22). The hearing is at 1:00 PM in Rooms 210-211 of the Legislative Office Building. Also, please call or email the office of your New Hampshire State Representative. Ask that they support these two bills being heard in committee this week. The bills are HB 1379-FN and HB 1101-FN, both would reduce gun violence in New Hampshire.


January 19, 2020

New Hampshire: Repeal of gun range protections before a committee

The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee will take comments this Thursday on a bill to eliminate the special protections given to New Hampshire gun ranges. Currently, gun ranges can not be sued or subjected to noise restrictions.

The NRA alerted their members to attend the meeting. Those who believe gun ranges should follow the same noise restrictions as anyone else, should consider attending this meeting.

The Bill

  • Senate Bill 469 would repeal the law protecting gun ranges from noise restrictions. The bill would also eliminate gun range protections from being sued for excessive noise infractions. 👍

Action

Please consider attending the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday (Jan 23) in room 100 at the State Capital. Also, call or email you State Senator urging support of SB 469. This is your chance to counteract the power of NRA members.


January 10, 2020

New Hampshire: ERPO bill passes House

The Extreme Risk Protection Orders bill passed the House this week by a 201 to 176 vote. The Senate is expected to pass the bill and the Governor is expected to veto it.

The Governor claims there is no need for the measure. His claim ignores the 123 deaths by guns a year in New Hampshire, 90 percent of which are suicides. An override by the House requires 267 votes to win.

Pro-gun proponents claim the bill violates constitutional rights of citizens to own a gun. However, 17 states have passed these “red-flag” type of gun laws. Five more are considering doing the same, yet the NRA refrains from taking this to the Supreme Court. Do they know that these types of laws are legal and constitutional?

In fine-tuning the bill, legislators gave special consideration to the rights of those involved. The bill makes it clear, it only applies to “extreme instances of crisis.” Also, a false report, or a false accusation, is a misdemeanor crime.

The bill

  • House Bill 687 would create an “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” process for families and authorities to request guns be temporarily removed from a dangerous person. 👍
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