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New Hampshire bill aims to prevent Katrina-style gun seizures

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by poncho, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    January 2, 2005
    Concord, N.H.

    Concerned by perceived abuses of Federal power during the Katrina crisis, New Hampshire state reps are reviewing a bill which would criminalize certain weapons seizures - even if the perpetrators are Federal officers. House Bill 1639-FN, prohibits the confiscation of lawfully owned and lawfully carried firearms during a state of emergency, making a felon of any law enforcement officer who attempts to seize such a firearm during a disaster.

    The bill was sponsored by Rep. Paul Hopfgarten at the request of local Free Staters - members of a group trying to recruit freedom lovers to New Hampshire and turn it an even more libertarian state than it already is (www.freestateproject.org).

    The bill reads: "Any law enforcement officer, person acting as a law enforcement officer, or other public official who confiscates or attempts to confiscate lawfully carried or lawfully owned firearms in this state during a declared state of emergency
    shall be charged with a class A felony."

  2. Bro. Curtis

    Bro. Curtis <img src =/curtis.gif>
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    Oct 25, 2001
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    I hope it passes. New Hampshire is a truly conservative state.

    State motto....."Live free or die."

    Plus, they have the White Mountains, the gnarliest hiking anywhere.
  3. fromtheright

    fromtheright <img src =/2844.JPG>

    Feb 21, 2002
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    Amen! It's a wonderful idea. Unfortunately, I think the Feds will beat it with the supremacy clause.

    I hope it's also passed on the federal level, too.