NH-HB1115 relative to the discharge of a firearm in the compact part of a city or town. hearing scheduled for tues 02/18/2020 11:00 am LOB 301

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NH-HB1115 relative to the discharge of a firearm in the compact part of a city or town. hearing scheduled for tues 02/18/2020 11:00 am LOB 301

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HB1115 As Introduced

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20-2062

04/06



HOUSE BILL 1115



AN ACT relative to the discharge of a firearm in the compact part of a city or town.



SPONSORS: Rep. Doherty, Merr. 20; Rep. Schuett, Merr. 20; Rep. St. John, Hills. 27; Rep. McGhee, Hills. 40; Rep. Andrew Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. Coursin, Rock. 1; Rep. K. Murray, Rock. 24



COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government



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ANALYSIS



This bill amends the definition of the compact part of a city or town in which a firearm may be discharged.



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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2062

04/06



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE



In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty



AN ACT relative to the discharge of a firearm in the compact part of a city or town.



Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:



1 Unauthorized Use of Firearms; Definition of Compact Part. Amend RSA 644:13, II(b) to read as follows:

(b) "Compact part" means the territory within a town or city comprised of the following:

(1) Any nonresidential, commercial building, including, but not limited to, industrial, educational, or medical buildings, plus a perimeter [300] 900 feet wide around all such buildings without permission of the owner.

(2) Any park, playground, [or other] outdoor public gathering place, or other property designated by the legislative body of the city or town for public recreational use.

(3) Any contiguous area containing 6 or more buildings which are used as either part-time or permanent dwellings and the spaces between them where each such building is within 300 feet of at least one of the others, plus a perimeter 300 feet wide around all the buildings in such area.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.
 

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Current RSA regarding "Compact" definition

Current Law

Basically it triples the distance required from 300 feet to 900

I allows the town select board/etc to designate OTHER areas as being off limits for any shooting

This presumably according to language COULD include any/all properties in current use, any sort of conservation property or most anything else they desire
 

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hearing scheduled for tues 02/18/2020 11:00 am LOB 301

This bill will have the effect of eliminating many/most back yard shooting in NH and allow towns to designate most any property as banned for shooting and by extension that will result in bans on hunting on same property

As written it would allow a select board to ban shooting on any and all property in conservation......ie YOUR LAND
 

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NRA ILA posted an alert today including a "Take Action" link to send email indicating you're in OPPOSITION to HB1115

 

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NRA ILA posted an alert today including a "Take Action" link to send email indicating you're in OPPOSITION to HB1115

Done...both myself and my wife signed this.
 
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About 40 people showed up in opposition to the bill

A great many of them spoke.

Only 3 people in favor of the bill AFAICT

2 of the sponsors spoke first and their profound lack of knowledge and more importantly MISINFORMATION was probably one of the best testimonies AGAINST the bill all day

Several people in their official capacity from F&G testified in opposition to the bill and spoke very well/to the issues.

The entire F&G commission voted unanimously in their last meeting AGAINST this bill.

Lots of dodging and weaving by sponsors

Kept reiterating that they were not opposed to target practice or hunting......then went on to explain how they wanted to ban it in most of the state (paraphrased)

Summary..... the bill is a solution in search of a problem.
 

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2 of the sponsors spoke first and their profound lack of knowledge and more importantly MISINFORMATION was probably one of the best testimonies AGAINST the bill all day
It was hilarious how much they didn't know about the law they were proposing to change. Their supporters on the committee were even worse.

When they were commenting about wanting to let towns place parts of public land off-limits for shooting, it was obvious that none of them had ever heard of RSA 159:26 and preemption.

Worst part: I lost my "Guns Save Lives" sticker. I was going to put it on my notepad with my School Choice sticker. :/
 
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It was hilarious how much they didn't know about the law they were proposing to change. Their supporters on the committee were even worse.

When they were commenting about wanting to let towns place parts of public land off-limits for shooting, it was obvious that none of them had ever heard of RSA 159:26 and preemption.

Worst part: I lost my "Guns Save Lives" sticker. I was going to put it on my notepad with my School Choice sticker. :/
Also worth noting, I was told by a MA town's finance director (some years ago) that any land purchased with ANY funds from the Robinson-Pittman Act means that the land MUST allow hunting. I have never checked this out, but it would be worth doing and having that arrow in your quiver to fight these sort of incursions on 2A!
 

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Enough of this crap already. I moved to NH in part so I could plink on my own land. I even restrict myself to .22 and submitted a form 4 for a suppressor in order to be a more courteous neighbor. The sheer number of unnecessary anti-gun legislation that has been introduced this year is mind boggling. Are people in NH really so left leaning and anti-gun? Somebody elected these lawmakers sponsoring all these ridiculous bills.
 
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