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New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Re-Scheduled in House Committee Tomorrow

Monday, February 3, 2014

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

Tomorrow, February 4, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee has again scheduled an executive session for House Bill 1589 and could consider several amendments.  The amendment process has been used by gun control advocates in the past to mask their ultimate goal of imposing “universal” background checks, and amendments to HB 1589 will not make it any more acceptable.

As previously reported, House Bill 1589 is a misguided anti-gun bill which would mandate “universal” background checks.  If passed and enacted into law, HB 1589 would criminalize the private sale, transfer and under certain conditions, the loan of any firearm to individuals 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 call AND e-mail members of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee TODAY and urge them to oppose HB 1589 and any amended version of this legislation.  Your NRA-ILA will keep you updated as this legislation is considered in the House.

House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee:

Representative Edward Butler (D-7), Chairman
Harts Location
(603) 271-3369
[email protected]


Representative Donna Schlachman (D-18), Vice Chairman
Exeter
(603) 772-4934
[email protected]


Representative Chris Muns (D-21), Clerk
Hampton
(603) 929-3629
[email protected]

     
Representative Angeline Kopka (D-28)
Nashua
(603) 577-5561

Representative Catherine Mulholland (D-17)
Grafton
(603) 523-4497
[email protected]


Representative Joe Scarlotto (D-31)
Portsmouth
(603) 501-1800
[email protected]

     
Representative Donald Flanders (R-3)
Laconia
(603) 524-5369
[email protected]


Representative Pamela Tucker (R-23)
Greenland
(603) 431-8982
[email protected]

     
Representative Ralph Doolan (R-1)
Littleton
(603) 259-3187

Representative Kenneth Gidge (D-33)
Nashua
(603) 888-2355
[email protected]


Representative Ruth Heden (D-23)
Milford
(603) 673-7036
[email protected]

     
Representative Kermit Williams (D-4)
Wilton
(603) 654-7684
[email protected]

     
Representative Ronald Belanger (R-8)
Salem
(603) 893-0659
[email protected]

     
Representative Laura Jones (R-24)
Rochester
(603) 948-2264
[email protected]


Representative Emily Sandblade (R-18)
Manchester
(603) 845-3228
[email protected]


Representative Jill Hammond (D-24)
Peterborough
(603) 547-0715
[email protected]


Representative Richard McNamara (D-38)
Hillsborough
(603) 464-0212
[email protected]


Representative John Hunt (R-11)
Rindge
(603) 899-6000
[email protected]


Representative Frederick Rice (R-21)
Hampton
(603) 929-1517
[email protected]


Representative Keith Murphy (R-7)
Bedford
(603) 488-5792
[email protected]

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