All Bark and No Bite – Adding Teeth to New Hampshire’s Preemption Law

Contact: Joe Mullin, Assistant Manager, Northeastern States

On February 10, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) Assistant Manager, Northeastern States, Joseph Mullin, testified during a New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee hearing in support of House Bill 307 (HB 307) – legislation that would bolster the state’s preemption over the local regulation of firearms, ammunition, and knives.

By adding teeth to the state’s current preemption law, HB 307 inserts a mechanism of enforcement, ensuring that there is a clear process to overturn illegal local ordinances. A point that Mullin highlighted in his testimony, as well as in his letter of support, is that a key benefit offered by preemption is the equal distribution of the law. State preemption for firearms, ammunition, and knives protects all law-abiding citizens from the risk of offending differing rules as they travel between localities with differing rules and regulations.

CSF will continue to remain engaged on this pro-sportsmen’s legislation and will provide updates as they are made available.

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