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New Hampshire: Legislation to Strengthen Firearms Preemption Needs Your Help!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Please contact Members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Today!

House Bill 334 will be heard tomorrow, February 24, by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.  The committee could also decide to vote on this important legislation tomorrow as well.

HB 334 would strengthen New Hampshire’s current statewide firearms preemption law by further prohibiting local governments or state agencies from enacting ordinances or regulations relating to firearms.  Over the past several years, local government and state agencies have attempted to regulate concealed-carry throughout New Hampshire. These types of regulations undermine the fundamental American principle of equal protection under the law for all citizens.

To prevent the problems associated with restrictive local ordinances, 44 states have enacted “firearm preemption laws” -- laws that prevent local jurisdictions from imposing ordinances more restrictive than laws passed by the state legislature, thereby avoiding the possibility of thousands of separate firearms regulations. Without preemption, New Hampshire could have countless local firearm laws, making compliance nearly impossible for law-abiding gun owners, hunters, target shooters, and firearm collectors who travel through multiple jurisdictions on the way to hunting areas or shooting ranges.  

Additionally, individuals who travel with firearms for personal protection are at risk of breaking the law, simply by crossing from one municipality to another.   HB 334 would ensure uniform firearm laws throughout New Hampshire and guarantee equal rights for all.

Please contact members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee today and urge them to protect the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding gun owners in New Hampshire by supporting HB 334.  Contact information for the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee can be found by clicking here.

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