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New Hampshire: House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee to Hear Egregious Anti-Gun Bill Tomorrow

Monday, January 20, 2014

Contact members of this committee today and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 1589 

Tomorrow at 1:15 PM, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear an egregious anti-gun bill which seeks to impose “universal background checks” on law-abiding gun owners in the Granite State.  House Bill 1589, if enacted into law, would criminalize the private sale, transfer or loan of any firearm to anyone outside of the immediate family without a background check from a licensed firearms dealer.  This extreme legislation would criminalize commonplace activities such as loaning a rifle to a friend on a hunting trip, allowing a friend to try out your gun at a shooting range or selling your gun to a friend or neighbor - subjecting the transferor to the penalties of a Class B felony.

“Universal background checks” will do nothing to reduce crime, and will only affect law-abiding gun owners by creating cumbersome mandates and restrictions on the lawful purchase and possession of firearms.  It is already illegal to knowingly sell or transfer a firearm to someone classified as a prohibited person, and is a felony for a prohibited person to buy, own or possess a firearm.  HB 1589 seeks to make drastic and unnecessary changes to current state firearm laws that will impose unduly restrictions on law-abiding citizens rather than addressing the true problems associated with illegal straw purchases – lack of enforcement of current law.  In addition, a January 2013 internal U.S. Department of Justice memorandum summarizing so-called “gun violence” prevention strategies states that the effectiveness of “universal background checks” depends on requiring gun registration.

The House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee hearing on HB 1589 will be held tomorrow, January 21 at 1:15 PM in Representatives Hall in Concord.  Please attend this important hearing and see below for contact information for members of this committee.  It is vital that you contact members of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee TODAY and urge them to OPPOSE this misguided legislation.

Representative Edward Butler (D-7), Chairman

Harts Location

(603) 271-3369

edofthenotch@aol.com

 

Representative Donna Schlachman (D-18), Vice Chairman

Exeter

(603) 772-4934

donna.schlachman@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative Chris Muns (D-21), Clerk

Hampton

(603) 929-3629

chris.muns@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative Angeline Kopka (D-28)

Nashua

(603) 577-5561

 

Representative Catherine Mulholland (D-17)

Grafton

(603) 523-4497

cmulholland134@gmail.com

 

Representative Joe Scarlotto (D-31)

Portsmouth

(603) 501-1800

joe.scarlotto@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative Donald Flanders (R-3)

Laconia

(603) 524-5369

dflanders@metrocast.net

 

Representative Pamela Tucker (R-23)

Greenland

(603) 431-8982

pam.tucker@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative Ralph Doolan (R-1)

Littleton

(603) 259-3187

 

Representative Kenneth Gidge (D-33)

Nashua

(603) 888-2355

kgidge@aol.com

 

Representative Ruth Heden (D-23)

Milford

(603) 673-7036

ruth.heden@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative Kermit Williams (D-4)

Wilton

(603) 654-7684

kermit.williams@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative Ronald Belanger (R-8)

Salem

(603) 893-0659

ron.belanger@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative Laura Jones (R-24)

Rochester

(603) 948-2264

laurajonesnh@gmail.com

 

Representative Emily Sandblade (R-18)

Manchester

(603) 845-3228

representative.emily.sandblade@gmail.com

 

Representative Jill Hammond (D-24)

Peterborough

(603) 547-0715

jshafham@gmail.com

 

Representative Richard McNamara (D-38)

Hillsborough

(603) 464-0212

richard.mcnamara@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative John Hunt (R-11)

Rindge

(603) 899-6000

jbhunt@prodigy.net

 

Representative Frederick Rice (R-21)

Hampton

(603) 929-1517

fred.rice@leg.state.nh.us

 

Representative Keith Murphy (R-7)

Bedford

(603) 488-5792

rep.keithmurphy@gmail.com

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