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New Hampshire: Vote Expected Next Week on Permitless Carry Bill

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee!

 

Yesterday, the state Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation to allow a law-abiding person to possess a concealed firearm without a license.  House Bill 330 will be scheduled in the Senate Judiciary Committee work session next week and a vote is expected.

 

Alaska, Arizona and Vermont already allow the carrying of a concealed firearm without a permit.  Wyoming recently enacted a permitless carry law that will go into effect this July and Montana now has a bill awaiting final consideration by the legislature before it heads to the Governor.  New Hampshire could be the sixth state to further extend the Second Amendment rights for its citizens. 

 

HB 330, introduced by state Representative Jennifer Coffey (R- Merrimack 6), is focused on allowing any person who can legally carry a firearm to possess a firearm openly or concealed without obtaining a license. The current license system would remain in place for those individuals who wish to carry concealed in states that recognize New Hampshire’s license.  

 

However, an important amendment is still needed.  The NRA, along with its state affiliate - Gun Owners of New Hampshire (GO-NH) - is supporting the Luther Amendment, an omnibus amendment to clarify certain provisions in HB 330.  In addition, this amendment would keep the existing law in place for individuals 18 years of age or younger to possess a firearm for hunting under certain conditions.

 

Please call and e-mail members of the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY and urge them to support the Luther amendment to HB 330.  Contact information for the Senate Judiciary Committee can be found below.

 

Senate Judiciary Committee:

 

Matthew S. Houde (D-Plainfield), Chairman

(603) 271-2118
matthew.houde@leg.state.nh.us


Sharon M. Carson (R-Londonderry), Vice Chairman

(603) 271-2674
sharon.carson@leg.state.nh.us


Fenton L. Groen (R-Rochester)

(603) 271-3045
fenton.groen@leg.state.nh.us


Jim Luther (R-Hollis)

(603) 271-2246

jim.luther@leg.state.nh.us


Aide: Susan Duncan
(603) 271-8631

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