Selling A Gun To A Friend in New Hampshire? You Could Be Sent to Jail

Rep. Katherine Rogers
Rep. Katherine Rogers
New Hampshire Firearms Coalition
New Hampshire Firearms Coalition

USA -( Anti gun extremist, Rep. Katherine Rogers, (D, Merrimack, 28) is pushing HB 201,  bill that will put you in jail for up to a year for selling a gun to a friend or neighbor.

That’s right, under the provisions of HB 201 you can’t even dispose of your private personal property without going to a licensed firearms dealer.

But it gets even worse, Rep. Rogers also wants local law enforcement to report violations to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. She wants to federalize local law enforcement.

HB 201 seeks to redefine a private transaction between 2 friends as a so called “commercial sale”. Don’t be confused by this rhetoric. Licensed dealers engage in “commercial sales.”

Regular people who sell or give a firearm to a friend or relative are not dealers. Under HB 201 those regular people could go to jail for selling a gun to a friend or family member.

This bill will criminalize commonplace activities you probably don’t even think about. Ever loan your rifle to a friend on a hunting trip? Ever let a friend try out one of your guns at the shooting range? If HB 201 is passed, these are the kinds of things that could land you in jail!

HB 201 is so broad that any transfer that is not completed by a licensed dealer subjects the seller to the penalties of a misdemeanor!

If you think that’s bad, this new bill — House Bill 201-FN — would set the stage for putting the names of New Hampshire gun owners into a national gun registry. It would do this by requiring that virtually any gun transaction in New Hampshire — private or commercial — be subject to a Brady Check.

Registration definitely leads to confiscation. It happened in New York.

Thus, if you lived in Stark or Fitzwilliam and wanted to sell your gun to your lifetime next door neighbor, you and he would have to take a day off and drive to a federal firearms licensee.

Once you got there, you might very well face the dirty little secret of the Brady Law: The system is frequently down for long periods of time — sometimes an entire weekend. And 8 percent of all inquiries result in “false positives” — normally because your name is similar to someone else’s.

Now, under the language of the Brady Law, it is legally permissible for you and your neighbor to take a day off three days later and drive back to the firearms dealer, accompanied by your neighbor. The problem is this: Most false positives never go “green.”

Most dealers won’t sell a firearm unless the FBI transmits a “green.” And most people who try to get the FBI to correct its records are given the brush-off.

But that’s not all: Recently, BATF has gone into gun dealers in connection with its annual inspection and demanded to be allowed to photocopy all information from the dealer’s bound book and 4473’s — thus compiling a de facto gun registry.

Yes, we have been able to confirm the rumors, the BATF is compiling a list of the gun owners and they are doing it by copying the records of licensed gun dealers.

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New Hampshire State Flag

This is what Rep. Rogers really wants, she wants the list created so the radical anti-gun groups can take their final step and have our firearms collected and destroyed. You see, it was never about the sale, it is about the creation of the list of all firearms and they will stop at nothing to get this list created.

So the drafters of House Bill 201-FN claim that they prohibit a state or local firearms registry? Surprise! BATF is not a “state or local agency.” And it doesn’t consider its list of all gun owners to be a “registry.”

Consider how this bill would have failed to prevent Newtown (stolen gun), Aurora (passed background check), Tucson (passed background check), and practically every other modern American tragedy. This bill wouldn’t make anyone safer, it’s just another cynical attempt by Bloomberg-backed gun-grabbers to marginalize gun-owners, stigmatize gun ownership, and pave the way for the elimination of your gun rights.

Here’s what you need to do to help, HB 201 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Thursday, January 19 at 1 p.m. The hearing is scheduled to be held in Room 204 in the Legislative Office Building.

Please try to attend this hearing and sign in to oppose HB 201. Please also call and email the committee members and urge them to vote HB 201 “inexpedient to legislate” (ITL).

Click here for a list of all members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. When you go to the committee webpage, you will be able to click on each committee members name to send a personal email. Or you can simply click here to send a single email to all Members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

HB 201 is sponsored by some of the most anti-Second Amendment, anti-freedom idealogues in New Hampshire.


The sponsors are:

  • Rep. Katherine Rogers (603)496-8521
  • Rep. Sue Newman (603)880-8973
  • Rep. Raymond Gagnon (603)542-7286
  • Rep. Skip Berrien (603) 580-1240
  • Rep. Paul Berch (603)399-4960
  • Rep. Timothy Horrigan (603)868-3342
  • Rep. Marjorie Smith (603)868-7500
  • Senator Bette Lasky (603)271-3093

Please contact the committee members and bill sponsors to let them know that you strongly oppose ANY attempt to prohibit the private sale of firearms in New Hampshire. You need to be polite but firm when you explain to these legislators that HB 201 might make them “feel like they are doing something” but in reality nothing needs to be done.

There is no proof, anywhere that there has been any problems with allowing law abiding, peaceable, state residents to sell or trade firearms (that they lawfully own) to one another.

Private parties cannot order firearms through the mail or UPS, only licensed dealers can do that. HB 201 only addresses face to face private sales.

The content of HB 201 comes straight from the play book of former New York City Mayor Bloomberg and his pals, Gabby Giffords and her anti-gun husband Mark Kelly. They are trying to make the rest of America like the “crime free” mecca that Mayor Bloomberg ruled for 12 years. Not!

Don’t be fooled, HB 201 is part of a coordinated national effort and it is just the beginning. If successful they will push for sweeping gun and magazine bans and bans on concealed carry!

Please also let these legislators know (because they are most likely ignorant about firearms) that dealers are licensed, but private parties are currently free and should remain free to dispose of their property as they see fit.

A similar proposal was recently defeated in Maine. Please help NHFC stop Bloomberg from buying New Hampshire and turning it into New York!



Thanks for your support!


Alan M. Rice

Vice President & Training Director – NHFC

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3 years ago

Issues like this that have me considering a run for State Rep or State Senate in 2020. First of all there is no politician in this country that has the right to tell an American citizen what is right for them. As the voice for and by the people it is a politician’s responsibility to make decisions based on the citizens vote only. An issue like this should never be considered without a vote by the people.

Jacob M. Opperman
Jacob M. Opperman
4 years ago

Just another government weanie who want to put more controls on us common folk. Every one of the idiots on the above list need to be voted out of office for not upholding the oath they took to the people of there state to uphold the Constitution and to work for the people of the states that voted for them. I hope the bill fails as it should. If not then the next people that are voted in will get rid of the bill and its controlling attitude. We the people need to start sending message to our elected officials… Read more »

4 years ago

Talk about a laundry list of ANTI AMERICAN, liberal, Democrat scum.

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
4 years ago

LIVE FREE or DIE It seems that such old fashioned ideas are for the trash bin.
Maybe the trash bin is where the sponsors of this assault on civil, personal rights belong?

4 years ago

This will bet nowhere. Republicans have control – house, senate and governor.