New Hampshire: House Expected to Vote on Legislation that Erodes Your Inherent Right to Self-Defense Next Week

Posted on March 7, 2013

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Contact your state Representative(s) NOW and urge them to oppose House Bill 135 on the House floor!

On Wednesday, March 13, the state House of Representative is expected to consider House Bill 135, legislation that attacks your right to self-defense.

It is critical that you contact your state Representative(s) TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose HB 135.

House Bill 135, introduced by state Representative Stephen Shurtleff (D- Merrimack 11) drastically infringes on your inherent right to self-defense by repealing important self-defense provisions enacted in 2011.


HB 135 would make the following changes to New Hampshire’s current self-defense laws:

1) Eliminates the provision that allows a person to use deadly force anywhere he or she has a legal right to be. This limits an individual’s ability to defend themselves or a third party from assault to their own place of residence.

2) Amends the definition of non-deadly force by removing the provision that specifies the act of producing or displaying a weapon is considered non-deadly force. Thus, drawing or exhibiting your firearm to intimidate a perpetrator could be considered deadly force.

3) Repeals the provision granting civil immunity for the use of force in certain circumstances. The elimination of this provision removes legal protections for law-abiding citizens acting in self-defense.

We need you to call AND email your state Representative(s) TODAY and encourage them to protect your right to self-defense by opposing HB 135. Click here for contact information.

 

 

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Further Reading

  • New Hampshire: Your Right to Self-Defense is Under Attack

    On Tuesday, January 22 at 1:30 p.m., the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hear House Bill 135. This misguided legislation, introduced by state Representative Stephen Shurtleff (D- Merrimack 11), drastically infringes on your inherent right to self-defense by repealing important self-defense provisions enacted in 2011. 
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