New Hampshire: Governor disappoints the NRA and vetoes two of their bills

Lives are more important than guns

2021 New Hampshire active gun legislation
HB 81 Legalized deadly force – expanding in home
HB 145 Legalized deadly force – expands to included defense of another
HB 197 Legalized deadly force – expanding outside of home
HB 307 Preemption – expanding to eliminate local gun ordinances
HB 334 Guns in snowmobiles – allowing
SB 141 Background checks – eliminating state background checks


Governor disappoints the NRA and vetoes two of their bills

  • HB 334, vetoed by the Governor. It allows loaded guns on snowmobiles. We don’t need rowdy cowboy types driving their snowmobiles through the woods, ready to shot off their guns. 👎dislike
  • SB 141 vetoed by the Governor. It eliminates the “gun line” system used in NH that performs background checks on handgun purchases. The national NICS system would then perform the checks. Gun control supporters feel that the state run “gun line” system tracks local criminals better. 👎dislike

It surprised the NRA and everyone else when Governor Sununu vetoed these two NRA supported bills. At this time, the NRA has yet to asks their members to assist in an override effort. To help keep New Hampshire citizens safe, this is good news.


Gun battles on snowmobiles coming to NH

June 26, 2020

  • HB 334, passed the legislature. It allows loaded guns on snowmobiles. We don’t need rowdy cowboy types driving their snowmobiles through the woods, ready to shot off their guns. 👎dislike

The bill is now on Governor Sununu’s desk for final signature. The NRA asked their members to contact him. Gun safety advocates should also contact the Governor’s office and request opposition to HB 334. This action will offset the power of NRA members to fight gun safety in New Hampshire. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


The House and Senate voting on allowing guns on snowmobiles

June 23, 2020

  • HB 334, is before the full House and full Senate. It allows loaded guns on snowmobiles. We don’t need rowdy cowboy types driving their snowmobiles through the woods, ready to shot off their guns. 👎dislike

Both the State Senate and House are expected to vote on this bill tomorrow, June 24. The NRA urged their members to contact their State Senator and State Representative. This is the time for supporters of gun safety legislation to contact to contact their representatives. Ask for opposition to HB 334. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


Bill to make gun purchases easier passed the legislature

June 5, 2021

  • SB 141 passed the legislature. It eliminates the “gun line” system used in NH that performs background checks on handgun purchases. The national NICS system would then perform the checks. Gun control supporters feel that the state run “gun line” system tracks local criminals better. 👎dislike

Unfortunately, the NRA beat us again. They passed another bill in the legislature that ignores gun safety in the interest of selling more guns. The bill now goes to the Governor for final signature. Please contact the Governor’s office and ask for him not to sign SB 141. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


Watch out soon for snowmobilers flying through the woods with their loaded guns

May 29, 2021

  • HB 334, passed the Senate and is on to the House. It allows loaded guns on snowmobiles. We don’t need rowdy cowboy types driving their snowmobiles through the woods, ready to shot off their guns. 👎dislike

This bill passed the State Senate this week and moves on to the House. The NRA asked their members to contact their State Representative. This is the time to offset the power of the NRA and contact your State Representative’s office. Ask for opposition to HB 334 to stop the prevalence of loaded guns in New Hampshire. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


Cowboy snowmobilers soon to get guns

May 27, 2021

  • HB 334, is before the full Senate. It allows loaded guns on snowmobiles. We don’t need rowdy cowboy types driving their snowmobiles through the woods, ready to shot off their guns. 👎dislike

This bill passed the House and is before the full Senate. Now is the time to offset the power of the NRA and oppose this bill. Please call your State Senator. Ask for opposition to HB 334. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


Senate committee hearing on preemption and guns on snowmobiles bills

May 7, 2021

  • HB 307 passed the House of Representative. It prevents any community in New Hampshire from making any ordinances that restrict guns. The bill goes further by allowing anyone who feels wronged by an ordinance, to sue local officials. 👎dislike
  • HB 334 passed the House of Representative. It allows loaded guns on snowmobiles. 👎dislike

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on these two bills on Monday, May 10 at 1:30 pm.

Members of the public may attend using the following links:
1. To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/98782772531
2. Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current
location): 1-301-715-8592, or 1-312-626-6799, or 1-929-205-6099, or 1-253-215-8782, or
1-346-248-7799, or 1-669-900-6833
3. To view on YouTube, click here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBZdtrjRnQdmg-2MPMiWrA

The NRA asked their members to contact the committee. To offset the power of the NRA, contact committee members or your own State Senator. Ask for opposition to HB 307 and HB 334. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


Preemption and snowmobile bills pass the House

April 9, 2021

  • HB 307 passed the House of Representative. It prevents any community in New Hampshire from making any ordinances that restrict guns. The bill goes further by allowing anyone who feels wronged by an ordinance, to sue local officials. 👎dislike
  • HB 334 passed the House of Representative. It allows loaded guns on snowmobiles. 👎dislike

Both of these bills passed the House of Representatives this past week. They now move on to the State Senate.


The full House is set to vote on two NRA bills April 7

  • HB 334 is before the full House. It allows guns in snowmobiles. 👎dislike
  • SB 141 is before the full House. It eliminates the “gun line” system used in NH that performs background checks on handgun purchases. The national NICS system would then perform the checks. Gun control supporters feel that the state run “gun line” system tracks local criminals better. 👎dislike

The full New Hampshire House of Representative is scheduled to vote on both of these bills sometime Wednesday (04/07/2021). The NRA asked their members to contact their Representatives and make their voices hear. Today is the time for gun violence prevention supporters to contact their State Representative. Urge them to opposed HB 334 and SB 141. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


Weakening of background checks passed Senate

March 20, 2021

  • SB 141 passed the full Senate. It eliminates the “gun line” system used in NH that performs background checks on handgun purchases. The national NICS system would then perform the checks. Gun control supporters feel that the state run “gun line” system tracks local criminals better. 👎dislike

Yesterday, the full Senate passed this bill. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.


Full Senate voting on weakening of background checks

March 18, 2021

  • SB 141 is before the full Senate. It eliminates the “gun line” system used in NH that performs background checks on handgun purchases. The national NICS system would then perform the checks. Gun control supporters feel that the state run “gun line” system tracks local criminals better. 👎dislike

This bill passed out of committee and is now before the full Senate for a vote at any time. The NRA asked their members to contact their state Senator because they gun group feels this bill will weaken the background check system. Those who believe in better gun laws, contact your state Senator and ask for opposition to SB 141. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


Bill expanding ‘stand your ground’ passed House

February 27, 2021

  • HB 81 is tabled for now. It expands the legal shooting of someone to include the perceived threat to someone else other than one’s self. 👎dislike
  • HB 197 passed by the full House. It expands the allowing of shooting other people to include when you feel threatened by another person while in your car. This is an invitation to wild west shootings from cars at any road rage incident. 👎dislike

HB 81 is tabled. It could possibly be brought up again at a future date. HB 197 passed the full House on Thursday. The bill will advance to the Senate for a vote later this session. We will monitor the progress and alert our list when the bill comes up for a vote.


Vote today on legalizing murder when threat is perceived

February 24, 2021

  • HB 81 is before the full House. It expands the legal shooting of someone to include the perceived threat to another person. 👎Dislike
  • HB 197 is before the full House. It expands the allowing of shooting other people to include when you feel threatened by another person in your house, yard or car.  👎Dislike

The full NH House is expected to vote on both bills today (2/24/2021). The NRA asked their members to call their Representative. All gun violence prevention supporters, this is the time to contact your state Representative now and ask for opposition to HB 81 and HB 197. You can find contacts for all your representatives at Common Cause.


An NRA bill to speed up gun sales is in committee

  • SB 141 passed a Senate committee. It eliminates the “gun line” system used in NH that performs background checks on handgun purchases. The national NICS system would then perform the checks. Gun control supporters feel that the state run “gun line” system tracks local criminals better.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved this bill advancing it to the full Senate for a full Senate vote. The committee narrowly approved the bill by a vote of 3-2. The NRA thanked their members for contacting the committee members. No gave no further instruction for advocacy at this time, other than to standby for further alerts.


Preemption, or preventing any local gun ordinances, before committee

February 9, 2021

  • HB 307 is in committee. It prevents any community in New Hampshire from making any ordinances that restrict guns. The bill goes further by allowing anyone who feels wronged by an ordinance, to sue local officials. 👎Dislike
  • HB 334 is in committee. It allows guns in snowmobiles. 👎Dislike

Today (2/9/2021), The NRA alerted their members to contact the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. This is the time for gun violence prevention advocates to contact committee members asking for opposition to HB 307 and HB 334.

You can submit written testimony by clicking here or using this email: HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us

You can attend the public meeting starts at 11:00 am on February 10. Use this zoom link: https://www.zoom.us/j/99588247178


Expanding the use of deadly force is active

February 4, 2021

  • HB 81 is in committee. It expands the legal shooting of someone to include the perceived threat to another person. 👎Dislike
  • HB 145 is in committee. It adds certain situations where shooting another person is justified. 👎Dislike
  • HB 197 is in committee. It expands the allowing of shooting other people to include when you feel threatened by another person in your house, yard or car.  👎Dislike

This Friday (02/05/2021), starting at 12:15, the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will consider whether to approve these three bills. These laws protect white vigilantism and embolden reckless gun owners to shoot first, ask questions later, and claim self-defense to avoid culpability for murder.

The NRA is driving self defense bills in many states. They’ve alerted members to contact the committee members. Gun safety advocates can make a difference now and contact committee members asking for opposition to HB 81, HB 145 and HB 197. You can attend the Zoom meeting here. You can find all your representatives at Common Cause.