USA -(Ammoland.com)- Last night the NHFC Board of Directors reorganized the leadership of our organization. I am honored and humbled that they have asked me to serve as NHFC President.
I promise you, the grassroots gun owner, that my resolve will never weaken and I will never stop fighting for your Second Amendment Civil Right to be armed.
I am proud that I will be assisted by two very capable Vice Presidents:
First Vice President Paul Marquis, a lifelong gun owner, reloader and professional engineer. As his schedule permits, Paul will be joining me in Concord to testify before legislative hearings.
Second Vice President Kirk Beswick. Kirk is also a lifelong gun owner with a strong commitment to protecting Second Amendment Civil Rights. Kirk will be actively visiting firearms dealers to promote NHFC.
If he visits your shop please extend every courtesy to him.
I am glad that we have reorganized NHFC; I will need the extra help because yesterday I learned that two friends have been severely misled and are now sponsoring legislation that directly attacks the rights of gun owners.
While I do not know who might be pushing this bill, the two sponsors need to hear from us about the significant (possibly) unintended consequences of SB 500. Senator Kevin Avard (R-12) and Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3) need to be told that SB 500 is truly a “wolf in sheep's clothing” that will harm firearms civil rights in New Hampshire and must be defeated.
SB 500 was obviously written by someone who lacks any sort of appreciation for New Hampshire's unique culture of individual freedom and liberty.
SB 500 attempts to force New Hampshire to adopt the definition of a firearm that is found in Federal Law.
Using this definition will make New Hampshire law more not less restrictive. The Federal definition includes, frames, receivers and silencers, items that are clearly not functioning firearms!
Dealers and manufacturers, who are Federally licensed must adhere to and follow these definitions. There is absolutely no reason to foist these restrictive definitions upon law-abiding firearms owners and give certain anti-gun law enforcement agencies another way to abuse people. (Remember Ashley Neeley; the mom who was arrested by Manchester police for an act that was not a crime?)
I can think of countless ways an anti-gun Fish and Game Conservation Officer could abuse people who have a non functioning rifle receiver and a loaded magazine in their car or even the saddle bag of a motorcycle. I won't print them here, I don't want to give them any ideas.
Furthermore, by modifying the language in the possessory gun ban found in R.S.A. 207:7, if enacted into law, SB 500 will make it far more difficult to repeal the ban on the carrying of loaded rifles and shotguns in motor vehicles. We have been trying to repeal this gun ban for quite some time, stopping SB 500 is now part of that plan.
The last thing we need is to modify an anti-gun law that should be repealed.
SB 500 is so poorly written that it even bans convicted felons from hunting with a bow and arrow. There is no need for this. Those who have paid their debt to society carry a mark as a felon for life and cannot own or possess a firearm.
However, under current state and federal law, they can pursue wild game during archery season. I really don't understand why the sponsors of SB 500 want to further penalize those who may have made a single mistake and have been released from prison.
In short, SB 500 contains absolutely no redeeming qualities and must be defeated.
Please, do not wait, contact Senator Kevin Avard and demand that he withdraw SB 500 at once. There is still time, before the 2018 Senate session begins to withdraw the bill. Click here to email Senator Avard or call him at (603) 318-4031 or (603) 271-4151. Then, please contact Senator Jeb Bradley and deliver the same message,
Click here to email Senator Bradley or call him at (603) 387-2365 or (603) 271-2609.
I am pleased to inform you that I was recently appointed New Hampshire Field Representative for Gun Owners of America. I am proud to say that GOA will be working hand in hand with NHFC to stop gun control (like SB 500) and hopefully, to pass good solid pro-gun reform bills like Rep. Hoell's pre-emption bill. Having a strong national partner brings countless benefits to NHFC and our members and supporters.
By now most of you have probably received your paper renewal letter. Please don't forget to send in your 2018 dues. Or, if you prefer, it is quick and easy to renew online by clicking here. If you are not a member, please consider joining NHFC, the only no compromise firearms civil rights organization in New Hampshire by clicking here.
Thanks for your support!
Alan M. Rice
President – NHFC, Inc.