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Lets End Long Waits for Gun Buyers!

Last week I sent an important email, if you missed it click here for the web version.  We need your help to convince the few reluctant members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee to vote for SB 141 which will abolish the broken and delay prone “gun line.”

Reports from the State House indicate that three Republican Committee Members want to “retain” SB 141 in committee.  A vote to “retain” will kill the bill. But even more so, a vote to retain is a vote FOR waiting periods being forced onto gun buyers — waiting periods that are far longer than the three days which were in HB 514 that Governor Sununu vetoed in 2019.

These three committee members need some convincing to end waiting periods for gun buyers:

Rep. Scott Wallace — (603) 702-1054

Rep. Dave Testerman — (603) 320-9524

Rep. Dave Welch — (603) 642-4402

Historical note:  Those of us who have been involved in this issue for the past few decades are not surprised by this.  Rep. Welch was one of the Representatives who forced this flawed system upon New Hampshire in 1999 — over the objections of many firearms advocates.  Click here for the House legislative history and here for the Senate history.

After you call the above three reluctant Representatives, click here to send a pre-written message to the entire Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

If you have a few extra minutes, it will be helpful if the Committee Chairman, Rep. Daryl Abbas, hears from you as well: (603) 560-1929.  Let the Chairman know that a vote to retain will be considered an anti-gun vote and that you expect Rep. Abbas as Chair to lead his caucus to the pro-gun position.

Please remember to be polite but firm when you urge representatives to vote SB 141 “ought to pass.”

One final note, GOA is getting credible reports that Cornerstone Action is working to defeat SB 141.  Traditionally, Cornerstone has been an organization that focuses on family issues, religious liberty and traditional values.  Until now they have stayed away from firearms policy issues.  What is truly perplexing is that Shannon McGinley, who is their Executive Director, has told me that she does not own any firearms and has no plans to do so.  We have a non-gun owner, who has to my knowledge, never been involved in firearms issues, now trying to influence legislative policy on firearms purchases.  It might be a good idea to let her know you are not pleased that she is supporting a waiting period for gun buyers: (603) 228-4794 or email to: smcginley@nhcornerstone.org

If you have experienced a problem with the broken New Hampshire “gun line,” please click here to tell GOA about it.