Public hearings on NH Gun Safety Legislation

Some scary stuff here. If you can get to Concord on Thursday you should! -Ed

This note is brought to you from the facebook page of the Project for Safer Communities NH of which I am a member.

 The NH House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to hear public testimony on four bills related to gun safety on Thursday, February 21, including legislation that will:

  • HB290 restrict open carry of firearms in public buildings
  •  HB609 allow school districts to force local school boards to vote on a policy to allow school employees to carry concealed weapons on school property
  • HB451 repeal the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed, loaded handgun
  • HB 396 – establishing a committee to study requiring safety training or instruction prior to the purchase or acquisition of a firearm.

The hearings will be held in Representative’s Hall, which means that high public turnout is expected. Gun rights supporters will be there in full force, so it’s important for gun safety advocates attend & speak out for responsible solutions. Please be there if you can.  Details after the jump

10:00 am: HB 290-FN – prohibiting unlicensed persons from openly carrying a pistol or revolver in a public building.

This bill will strengthen NH gun safety law by prohibiting individuals who are not licensed to carry a concealed weapon from openly carrying a loaded or unloaded firearm in any public building.

11:00 am: HB 609 – relative to possession of a firearm on school property.

This bill weakens public gun safety by:

  • Allowing school districts to force local school boards to vote on a policy that would permit school employees with a concealed weapon license to carry firearms on school property.
  • It conflicts with current federal regulations establishing gun-free zones in and around public school buildings.

1:00 pm: HB-451- r repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.

This dangerous bill significantly weakens NH gun safety laws by:

  • Lowering the non-resident application fee for a concealed carry weapon license from $100 to $20;
  •  Increasing the time a concealed carry license is valid from 4 to 5 years;
  • Allowing any unlicensed individual who can legally possess a firearm to carry a loaded, concealed handgun on their person or in a vehicle;
  • Requires state licensing agencies to request that other jurisdictions recognize concealed carry weapon licenses granted in New Hampshire;
  • Broadens the definition of persons who may legally purchase handguns through a private sale without a background check;
  • Repeals the licensing and background check requirement to carry a concealed weapon in New Hampshire.

2:00 pm: HB 396 – establishing a committee to study requiring safety training or instruction prior to the purchase or acquisition of a firearm.

This bill authorizes the formation of a committee to study the feasibility of implementing requirements for safety training and instruction as a condition of purchasing a firearm in NH

  • Mike Hoefer

    Thanks for Posting this Jon! Tweak a bit for format readability.

  • hannah

    “Gun safety” is an oxymoron. We need to stop using the Cons’ lingo, whether it’s oxymorons or euphemisms they’re peddling. Or dysphemisms, for that matter.

    Any tool is liable to being abused, but guns are tools designed to kill.

  • JonnyBBad

    HB-290 Full on bloviating for two hours on first of four bills. Simple bill to require a permit to carry concealed handgun in a public place…Jack Kimball claims a ‘God-given’ right is being abridged. Jesus hand me my AK-!\ This is not going to easy, or quick. We need committed folks to work on improving community safety for all. GSP vids to follow. One gentleman from Durham threatened the Committee with open armed rebellion if they don’t do their duties to protect the Constitrution.Rep.Vallaincourt asked if Gun permits, which have been issued for years, in any way violate the NH Constitution. More bloviating was the answer.

  • Timothy Horrigan

    The “Gentleman from Durham” was not me. I think I know who Jon is talking about, however.

  • susanthe

    I missed the first hearing, caught the second and third. From the FSP phrasebook, I now know that it isn’t a “concealed carry” permit, it’s “CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY.”

    • BobRobertson

      Actually, it is a “concealed carry permit” that is issued by the state.

      “Constitutional carry” refers to no permit required in order to carry concealed, such as Vermont, Arizona, Alaska, and one other I can’t think of at the moment.

      So they’re two very different things.

      • susanthe

        Were you at the hearing, Bob?

  • JonnyBBad

    Susan while we were in Hearing room a new group of potential Free Staters was getting a tour of the Statehouse, from Gorman,(the guy who showed his holstered firearm in Reps Hall yesterday) and Co. I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    • susanthe

      I saw them, Jon. In fact, I think some of them signed in on the bills. The Sgt. at Arms told them to find a seat, so the NH LIberty Alliance lobbyist got all flirty with him, and giggled on her merry way with her charges into the anteroom, where she gave them a pitch on how they should move to NH.

      • Timothy Horrigan

        That lobbyist is, for whatever it’s worth, Rep. Mark Warden’s girlfriend. Or maybe she merely WAS her girfriend at the time. This was before Rep. Warden became infamous.

        • Timothy Horrigan

          Ironically, Rep. Warden was on the committee which heard the gun bills on Feb. 21.

  • susanthe

    Also, Jon – your comment about JR Hoell’s pen was hilarious.

    • JonnyBBad

      I think he liked it ~grrrr~ I ended up talking with him and two of his flunkies in the anteroom for twenty minutes…call me a glutton for punishment but I found myself trying to find common ground on safety, with people who think we are moving towards living under a Hitler-type regime, per John Burt.( his testimony)

  • JonnyBBad

    WE NEED MORE SIGNATURES! The NH House Criminal Justice Committee has scheduled the executive work session for HB135, to Repeal “Stand Your Ground” on Thursday, 2/28. That’s when the committee will vote on whether HB135 should pass or fail when it’s called for a vote in the full House of Representatives.

    We’ll deliver the printed petition to the committee chair early next week. If you haven’t added your name yet or shared the petition link with your FB friends, right now would be a good time.

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