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New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Postponed in House Committee

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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

Today, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee postponed its executive session for House Bill 1589 pending consideration of an amended version.

HB 1589 is a misguided anti-gun bill which would mandate “universal” background checks.  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. 

“Universal” background checks do nothing to reduce violent crime, and will only affect law-abiding gun owners by imposing 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.

Using the contact information provided below, please continue to contact members of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee TODAY and urge them to oppose HB 1589 and any amended version of the bill when it comes up for a vote.  Your NRA-ILA will keep you updated as this legislation is considered in the House.

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
am.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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