Granite State Progress supports gun violence prevention, including opportunities to strengthen state and federal laws such as closing the background checks loophole and advocating for policies that protect our children and our communities. Since 2009, Granite State Progress has monitored firearms related policy at the state level, working with other state-based and national groups and advocates to advance public safety laws and defeat dangerous gun lobby sponsored legislation.
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Below are 2018 bills dealing with firearms in the New Hampshire State Senate and State House. Our tracking sheet does not mean support or opposition to these bills unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions related to these bills, please call our office at (603) 225-2471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact State Legislators About Campus Carry: The NH House will vote on HB 1542, campus carry, on Thursday, February 22nd. This gun lobby-backed legislation would force the state’s public universities and community colleges to allow guns on their campuses, allowing anyone who can legally possess firearms, including those who haven’t passed a background check or completed safety training, to carry handguns on the “exterior grounds,” which could include open-air stadiums, quads, and other places where students socialize. The minority report includes an amendment to extend the bill to interior spaces of our universities and community colleges as well. Guns don’t belong on college campuses. This bill is opposed by the University System of New Hampshire, the Community College System of New Hampshire, and the Association of New Hampshire Police Chiefs.
NHPR Exchange: Ask Governor Sununu to Take Action to Reduce Gun Violence: The first bill Governor Sununu ever signed into law allows dangerous individuals to bring guns into our elementary schools, and recently he doubled down against allowing schools to establish gun free zones. Governor Sununu has done nothing to safeguard against gun violence and protect our children, instead he has worked to weaken our public safety laws. Will he commit to taking action to keep guns out of our schools, including vetoing campus carry should it reach his desk?
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Be SMART for Kids. Children and unsecured guns are a dangerous, and all too often deadly, mix. Responsible adults–both gun owners and non-gun owners alike–can help prevent tragedies that result when kids get ahold of unsecured guns. The Be SMART program provides five simple steps that we can all take to prevent children from accessing guns.
Mother’s Dream Quilt Project. Every mother dreams of a happy future for her children. Unfortunately, too many American mothers see that dream shattered by gun violence—which has become part of the very fabric of our country. Moms Demand Action has created The Mother’s Dream Quilt Project to symbolize the human toll of gun violence in America, and mothers’ shared dream of a country where all our children will be safe.
|Title||Status||Committee||Notes||Campaign Status & Opportunities|
|HB1313 text||relative to prohibitions on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile.||01/16/2018 at 11:00 AM; Awaiting further committee action||HOUSE Resources, Recreation and Development||This bill repeals the prohibitions on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or a snowmobile.||Awaiting further committee action.|
|HB1380 text||relative to unauthorized use of firearms.||Public Hearing 01/10/2018; Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/07/2018 (Vote 17-3; CC); Floor Vote: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/08/2018||HOUSE Criminal Justice and Public Safety||This bill allows for discharge of a firearm within the compact part of a city or town with the written permission of all abutting property owners, instead of the chief of police or governing body.||Bill defeated. GVP win.|
|HB1438 text||relative to residential leases including provisions prohibiting tenants from possessing firearms, explosives, or ammunition within the premises.||Public Hearing 01/24/2018 at 10:00 AM; awaiting further action||HOUSE Judiciary||This bill allows for rental and lease agreements for residential property to include a clause prohibiting tenants from possessing firearms, explosives, or ammunition within the premises.||Awaiting further committee action.|
|HB1542 text||relative to carrying a pistol or revolver on university system and community college system property.||Public Hearing 01/10/2018; 1/31/2018 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 15-5; RC); Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0044h; Floor vote scheduled for 2/22/18||HOUSE Criminal Justice and Public Safety||This gun lobby-backed legislation would force colleges and universities to allow guns on campus. The main bill would allow guns on the exterior grounds of any university system of New Hampshire and community college system of New Hampshire property. The minority report includes an amendment to bring guns into both interior and exterior spaces of our universities and community colleges.||GVP Advocate Actions: 1) Guns don’t belong on college campuses. Contact legislators in support of committee report of inexpedient to legislate; 2) Join us at the State House on Thursday, February 22nd at 9:00 am to hold signs and talk to legislators ahead of the vote, session begins at 10 am and stay if you are able.|
|HB1566 text||prohibiting open carry of a firearm in certain public places.||Public Hearing 01/10/2018; Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/07/2018 (Vote 12-8; RC); Floor Vote 2/15/18 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 194-126||HOUSE Criminal Justice and Public Safety||This bill prohibits the open carrying of a firearm in certain public places, including a place where medical services are provided; venues where liquor is sold or consumed; polling places during a federal, state, or municipal election, many of which occur in elementary schools or churches; houses of worship; any entertainment venue which seats more than 5,000 people; any public building, including places owned or operated by the state or one of its political subdivisions, including the university system of New Hampshire and the community college system of New Hampshire. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation and fined $100 for a first offense and $500 for each subsequent offense. Exceptions are made for law enforcement and members of the armed services.||See vote records here and contact State Reps, write letters to the editor. (Yes means voted to kill the bill, no means voted to consider the bill; GSP has contacted certain legislators who support gun violence prevention to ask them to explain their vote by March 2nd as some legislators were conflicted on this bill)|
|HB1749 text||relative to the state’s authority to prohibit or regulate firearms and relative to the selectmen’s authority to manage town property.||Public Hearing 01/10/2018; Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study for 02/07/2018 (Vote 18-2; RC); Floor Vote – Referred for Interim Study Roll Call 239-71 02/08/2018 . This bill is dead, though the committee chair promised to do an interim study over the summer.||HOUSE Municipal and County Government||This bill limits the ability of towns and school districts to regulate firearms on public property. The bill sponsors specifically cite in the legislation opposition to towns limiting target shooting on town land, and school districts preventing firearms in school zones. “No public or private entity shall prohibit the sale, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or knives on any property owned, in whole or in part, by the state, or an agency, political subdivision, committee, or other governmental unit thereof, unless expressly authorized in statute.” This also raises the concerns over firearms in half-way houses and other locations.||Bill defeated. GVP win.|
|SB500 text||amending references to firearms terminology.||Public Hearing: 02/13/2018, Room 100, SH, 09:00 am||SENATE Judiciary||This bill amends certain references to firearm to make them consistent with federal law. The bill also removes the prohibition of carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun in a stationary motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, or aircraft.||Monitor. This bill is largely a technical update, with the exception of removing the prohibition on loaded rifles in stationary motor vehicles, etc. However, gun lobby upset about aligning with federal law.|
|SB492 text||prohibiting bump stocks in New Hampshire.||Public Hearing 01/25/2018; Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study on party line vote 3-2; Senate Floor Vote 02/01/2018: Refer to Interim Study, RC 14Y-9N Party Line Vote This bill is essentially dead for this session||SENATE Judiciary||This bill establishes a misdemeanor offense for the manufacture, sale, possession, or use of a multiburst trigger activator, known as a “bump stock.”||Bill defeated. GVP loss. See vote records here and contact Senators, write letters to the editor.|
|HB 1415 text||establishing a death benefit for a school employee killed in the line of duty.||Public Hearing: 01/16/2018; Executive Session: 01/30/2018 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0398h for 02/07/2018 (Vote 11-6; RC), Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate; 02/08/2018: House Floor Vote Ought to Pass with Amendment 0398h: MA RC 176-161; Referred to Finance for Public Hearing, Awaiting Scheduling||House Executive Departments and Administration||This bill provides a death benefit for the family members of a school employee killed in the line of duty. There have been more than a dozen school shootings in our country since the start of the New Year.||Public hearing in Finance to be scheduled. Vote record from policy committee floor vote here.|
|HB 1463||relative to requirements for noise ordinances in towns.||Public Hearing: 02/13/2018; Executive Session: 02/21/2018 01:00 PM||Municipal and County Government||This bill limits the authority of towns to enact noise ordinances. It requires any town noise ordinace to specificy the decibel level allowed, which may vary according to the time of day, and requires that any noise complaints be reviewed by a person qualified to use a decibel meter, and that any law enforcement action shall be taken only as the result of a complaint. The gun lobby admits this bill will make it more difficult for communities to address gun ranges or other firearms noise and issues.||Awaiting further committee action.|
Check back after March 15th for State Senate and House vote records from the first half of the 2018 legislative session! Be sure to look at our press releases and follow @ProgressNH on Twitter or Granite State Progress on Facebook in the meantime.