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New Hampshire: Hunting with Suppressor Bill Scheduled for First Hearing

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Hampshire: Hunting with Suppressor Bill Scheduled for First Hearing

House Bill 500, sponsored by Representative John Burt (R-Hillsborough 39), has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee on February 17, at 10:15 A.M. in LOB 305.

If passed, HB 500 would revise state law to allow a person to use a firearm sound suppressor while hunting in the Granite State.  Currently, hunters and sportsmen in 35 states across the country are able to use these sound suppressing devices for the taking of wildlife.

There are numerous benefits to hunting with suppressed firearms, including:

  • Elimination of noise complaints frequently used as an excuse to close hunting lands throughout the country, resulting in the protection of hunting areas well into the future.
  • Reduction of recoil and muzzle rise resulting in increased accuracy of hunters.  More accurate shooting in the field means fewer wounded and lost animals, good for both hunters and wildlife.
  • Reduction in muzzle report to hearing-safe levels, limiting the risk that the hunter or anyone with the hunter will suffer permanent hearing loss if they fail to use hearing protection.

Using the contact information provided below, please email members of this Committee today and urge them to support HB 500.

House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee:

Representative David Kidder, Chairman (R-Merrimack 5)
david.kidder@leg.state.nh.us                            

Representative James Webb, Vice Chairman (R-Rockingham 6)
james.webb@leg.state.nh.us                          

Representative Elisabeth Sanders (R-Rockingham 12)
elisabeth.sanders@leg.state.nh.us                       

Representative Joe Duarte (R-Rockingham 2)
joe.duarte@leg.state.nh.us                                       

Representative Guy Comtois (R-Belknap 7)
gcomtois2010@gmail.com                                        

Representative Carlos Gonzalez (R-Hillsborough 45)
cegonzalezj@comcast.net                                           

Representative Shem Kellogg (R-Rockingham 14)
shem.kellogg@leg.state.nh.us                                            

Representative Robert Knowles (R-Strafford 12)              
RKnowles@metrocast.net                          

Representative Shari LeBreche (R-Belknap 6)     
shari.lebreche@leg.state.nh.us                             

Representative Douglas Long (R-Merrimack 4)  
longbroscon@mcttelecom.com                           

Representative Harold Parker (R-Carroll 6)
hbpcd6@gmail.com                                             

Representative James Spillane (R-Rockingham 2)
James@JamesSpillane.org                                            

Representative Kenneth Ward (D-Strafford 21)
ken.ward@leg.state.nh.us                                                           

Representative Benjamin Baroody (D-Hillsborough 43)                  
ben.baroody@leg.state.nh.us    

Representative Armand Forest (D-Hillsborough 18)
Armand.Forest@leg.state.nh.us                                            

Representative Richard McNamara (D-Hillsborough 38)
Richard.McNamara@leg.state.nh.us                                           

Representative Ted Rokas (D-Hillsborough 12)
Ted.Rokas@leg.state.nh.us                                                            

Representative C. Lee Guerette (D-Hillsborough 33)
Lee.Guerette@leg.state.nh.us                                          

Representative Ivy Vann (D-Hillsborough 24)
Ivy.Vann@leg.state.nh.us

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