On Tuesday, February 7, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will have a meeting in which they may have executive session on two anti-gun bills at 10:00 a.m. in LOB Room 204. It is vital that you contact the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee members with your strong opposition to House Bill 350 and House Bill 201! Please consider attending this meeting to voice your opposition for these bills! Also, please click the “Take Action” button below to contact the committee members!
As drafted, HB 350 seeks to remove one constitutional right while an individual is exercising another by prohibiting the carry of a firearm for self-defense while voting. If enacted, it would become a Class B felony to carry a gun while voting, punishable by up to 7 years in prison. This is an outrageous attack on the right to self-defense of New Hampshire citizens and gun owners. Currently, individuals can lawfully carry a firearm into a polling place where it is not prohibited by law to do so.
If enacted, HB 201, sponsored by state Representative Katherine Rogers (D-Merrimack), would require individuals to appear before a licensed firearm dealer to request a criminal background check prior to transferring a firearm, absent limited and vague exceptions. The firearm dealer would also be required to create a record of each sale. This flawed legislation is being pushed by an out-of-state anti-gun group who is trying to impose their misguided policies on the law-abiding gun owners of New Hampshire.
In HB 201, a “commercial sale” is defined as a sale, transfer, or exchange of a firearm that takes place at, or on the curtilage of, a gun show or pursuant to an offer to sell, buy, transfer, or exchange a firearm that took place at a gun show, or pursuant to an advertisement, posting, listing, or display.” This vague definition could encompass all private sales and transfers of firearms.
Once again,please consider attending this meeting on Tuesday to voice your opposition to HB 350 and HB 201. Also, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee members in opposition to these deeply flawed bills.