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New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Scheduled for Possible House Committee Vote on Tuesday

Friday, January 24, 2014

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

On Tuesday, January 28 at 1:15 p.m., the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold an executive session on House Bill 1589, a misguided anti-gun bill which would mandate “universal” background checks.  This session will take place in Room 302 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord.

As previously reported, if passed and enacted into law, HB 1589 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 do nothing to reduce violent crime, and will only affect law-abiding gun owners by creating cumbersome mandates and restrictions on the lawful purchase and possession of firearms.  Criminals, by definition, violate laws, especially gun control laws.  They don’t register their firearms, purchase firearms through licensed dealers or subject themselves to any gun control schemes that only penalize law-abiding citizens.  Furthermore, 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.

Using the contact information provided below, it is vital that you call and/or e-mail members of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee TODAY and urge them to OPPOSE this HB 1589 when it comes up for a vote.

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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