Milford, NH –-(Ammoland.com)- A few weeks ago we told you about HB 1749, which was introduced by State Representative JR Hoell (R-Merrimack 23) and 9 co-sponsors.
HB 1749 is intended to stop illegal local gun bans.
The bill had a public hearing on January 10. During the hearing, lobbyists for the Municipal Association conceded what we have been saying for years, that local units of government may NOT regulate, restrict or tax firearms in any way.
That in and of itself is a small victory. However, to truly vanquish these local gun bans, we need the penalties that are contained in HB 1749 because some local officials, like anti-gun, Jeff Peavey who Chairs the Lebanon School Board and Mark Fougere, Chairman of the Milford Board of Selectmen remain defiant and have vowed to continue their illegal gun bans. Furthermore, the Manchester Board of Alderman has turned over management of the Southern New Hampshire University Arena to out of state anti-gun actors who also are remaining defiant and pushing to keep their illegal gun ban.
It is outrageous that these rogue, anti-gun officials are objecting to the penalties contained in HB 1749.
The criminal code contains numerous penalties for corrupt public officials. I have some simple advice for these people: follow the law and you won't be subject to any penalties!
The Municipal and County Government Committee has scheduled an executive session for 10 AM on Wednesday, January 24 2018 to consider the fate of HB 1749. This is when they will debate the bill among themselves and vote on it. You don't need to attend.
We have been informed that Representative Mark McLean (R-Hillsborough 44) intends to offer an amendment, 2018-0138h. We have asked our Counsel to review the amendment and it is a GOOD amendment which will make HB 1749 a BETTER bill. We are asking all NHFC members and supporters to contact the House Municipal and County Government Committee and urge them to replace HB 1749 with Representative McLean's amendment, 2018-0138h and then vote the bill “ought to pass”
If you would prefer to call each member or send individual emails, please click here for a committee roster. Please don't wait, take action today!
Thanks for your support!
Alan M. Rice
President – NHFC, Inc.
PS: You might recall that I wrote to you about a terrible anti-gun bill, SB 500 which was introduced by Senator Kevin Avard (R-12) and Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3). Sadly, these 2 Senators ignored your calls and emails and have refused to withdraw SB 500. Therefore, we must focus our calls and emails on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Click here for contact information for all Judiciary Committee members.
SAMPLE EMAIL: Please vote SB 500 Inexpedient to Legislate. This is an anti-gun bill that will greatly harm New Hampshire firearms owners by using the federal definition of a firearm as well as making tinkering changes to R.S.A. 207:7 regarding carrying arms in vehicles. The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition told me that we can follow federal law without making it part of New Hampshire law and creating new regulations on frames, receivers and sound suppressors. Please vote SB 500 ITL.
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