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New Hampshire: Anti-Shooting Range Bill Defeated!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

New Hampshire: Anti-Shooting Range Bill Defeated!

On March 5th, the New Hampshire Senate voted 24-0 to defeat Senate Bill 469. Thanks to your steady opposition, this bill was defeated and will not advance this session.

Senate Bill 469 would have repealed New Hampshire’s shooting range protection law by allowing municipalities to subject already-existing shooting ranges to noise ordinances, while also making it easier for individuals to sue local gun ranges for noise violations. Currently, shooting ranges are immune from lawsuits as long as they comply with noise ordinances in place at the time the range opened.

This dangerous legislation would have endangered shooting ranges, even if they operated safely and are otherwise in full compliance with the law. Municipalities and individuals could have used these ordinances to shut down ranges with costly renovations, unreasonable court fees, or even closure of operations. Shooting ranges provide a safe environment for law-abiding individuals to learn, practice, and train. They should not be regulated out of existence.

Again, thank you to NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their state senator in strong opposition to this extreme measure.

Stay tuned to NRA-ILA Alerts for more updated and information on issues affecting your Second Amendment rights in New Hampshire.

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