Let’s show them how loud we can get.
New Hampshire appears to be trying to do their best impression of Virginia, at least when it comes to proposed legislation. On January 23rd, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a public hearing to discuss Senate Bill 469, which can threaten the operations and even shut down firing ranges within the state.
Through a clever means of wording in the bill, this gives the state the opportunity to nickel and dime these establishments to death from them simply engaging in their typical operations.
Senate Bill 469 is being sponsored by Democratic Senator Jeanne Dietsch of District 9. The NRA recently urged their members to make their way over to suite 100 of the State House, located at 107 North Main Street in Concord to voice their thoughts about the legislation.
When we examine the language used in this bill, you’ll understand why the NRA is not thrilled about the proposal.
When we take a closer look, the bill in question intends on stripping shooting ranges from their noise ordinance protections. The way the law currently works is that shooting ranges within the state are immune from fines or lawsuits, as long as they complied with existing noise ordinances at the time the range first opened.
Now, if the bill gets passed, municipalities would have the ability to craft new noise ordinances in areas where firing ranges have been established for years.
In 159-B:2 section 1, there’s a firm mention that all firing ranges must comply with whatever noise limitations are put into place.
That portion of the bill reads:
“An owner or operator of a shooting range shall comply with all duly adopted noise control ordinances in effect on or after the effective date of this section in the municipality in which the shooting range is established or operated.”
Essentially, if the municipality doesn’t like the gun range any longer in their town, then it’s possible for them to try crafting new “noise control ordinances” to start fining them.
According to the bill, the infractions and fines listed are as follows:
“(a) For a first offense, shall be subject to a warning. (b) For a second offense, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500. (c) For a third or subsequent offense, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each such offense.”
Something tells me that it wouldn’t be all that difficult for a firing range “under the gun” to rack up noise complaints quickly.
Not only are firing ranges at risk of fines for violating noise ordinances if the bill passes, now people would be able to sue for their ears after being subjected to hearing the guns firing. If a citizen within the municipality gets offended by gunfire that also encroaches the noise ordinance, then the range owners will find themselves in court:
“Cause of Action. A person may maintain a private action against the owner or operator of a shooting range for a violation of this chapter, provided the action is brought within 3 years from the date the violation was or should have been discovered.”
This is complete insanity.
We’re talking about potential noise complaint fines against firing ranges and people suing for hearing guns. Furthermore, range owners would also be liable for “stray ammunition” that harms a person or damages property. The reason why the “stray ammunition” aspect is troublesome is that stray bullets are a result of the person firing the gun, not what location that person is firing the gun in.
Firing ranges have to be one of the safest places for responsible gun owners to congregate and practice their shooting. Now, these range owners are facing a threat in the form of petty fines and being dragged through civil and criminal courts just for running their business.
Meanwhile, in Florida, Republican senators just sold the rights of gun owners down the river.
“Nothing less than gun control on steroids.”
This is what the National Rifle Association is calling Florida’s newly passed (by the State Senate) gun control laws. The would bill essentially close the “gun show loophole” in the state’s current laws, while still allowing most private party gun sales to occur without a background check.
Instead of a background check with person-to-person gun sales, which accounts for approximately 20 percent of transactions in Florida, the seller would be required to check the buyer’s ID to make sure they are legally able to own a gun and also keep a record the checks made, according to reports.
Using the honor system, sellers would give a form to buyers for them to fill out. On the form would be questions to ascertain information such as if the buyer is a felon, if they’re a fugitive from justice, or if they have “anything else in their history that would prevent them from owning a gun.”
At the completion of the form, the seller could then confirm that they have “no knowledge or reason to believe that the purchaser is of unsound mind.”
While the form would be required to be completed in front of and signed by a notary public, the seller wouldn’t need to do anything with said form afterwards besides saving it for his own records.
Senator Tom Lee, committee chairman, said, “This committee bill is our best effort to try to improve public safety on the margins here. It is not a perfect system.”
Senator Lee said it would be in the seller’s “best interests” to retain the form, “should [the] weapon ultimately get used in the commission of a crime.” Failure to complete the form would be a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail, according to Breitbart.
Per the bill, sales in public places, such as gun shows, would require background checks.
Lobbyist Marion Hammer of The NRA said, “It appears to be an actual attempt to ban private sales through red tape and fear. Asking average citizens to create what amounts to a government form and get it notarized is ridiculous.”
She continued, “A vote for this bill is a vote for massive gun control.”
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The bill was passed unanimously in the republican-led committee, save for one Senator, republican Aaron Bean, who walked out of the room and declined to vote. Senator Lee said the intent of the bill was to approve gun control “in the least onerous and burdensome way to gun owners.”
He said, “I empathize that any time somebody breaks the law, we come in and pass something, and law-abiding citizens are imposed upon. I get it. But we have a job to do.”
In addition to the above, the bill would also require the following:
Loaded firearms be securely stored to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from accessing them (The current age in the law is 16);
Loaded firearms be kept securely stored to prevent anyone of “unsound mind” from accessing them;
Paramedics and other emergency medical workers to report to police people who are a danger to themselves or the public, in addition to the current requirement for mental health workers; and
Assign the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with creating a statewide “threat assessment” system to prevent active shooters and assigns the department 37 full-time positions and nearly $6 million.
Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action had around a dozen representatives in the room with the Senate committee. While pleased with the “first step,” they will likely continue to push for full background checks for all gun sales.
Leader of the Tallahassee chapter of Moms, Kate Kile, said of the vote, “I like that they’re making an attempt to close these loopholes at gun shows. It’s a great first step.”
The bill comes on the tail of several mass shootings that have appeared to scare legislatures into stricter gun control.
Senator Lee commented, “We can’t just sit by idly while our children are killing children and pretend this isn’t happening.”
After the local Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL, knee jerk reactions by legislatures led to the passing of laws that raised the minimum age for owning a weapon to 21, imposed a three-day waiting period for gun purchases and allowed for police to seize someone’s firearms under certain circumstances.
When shootings continued around the country, there was nothing the NRA could say to stop the Senate from enacting this legislation.
Lobbyist Hammer, mentioned above, released a statement following the Senate Committee’s vote.
In part, she said:
“On Monday, 1/13/20, it happened again. Senate President Bill Galvano picked a fight with Floridians who believe in the constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms. It is well known — even by the media — that in 2018 Bill Galvano orchestrated the creation and passage of the “Parkland Gun Control Bill.” And, of course, it didn’t stop gun crime or criminals. It only took away rights of law-abiding people.
“So now, he’s back for more gun control and it appears likely that Bloomberg’s $500,000.00 “donation” to Senate President Bill Galvano is behind yet another Galvano gun control bill. — SB-7028 – an admitted priority of Galvano.
“Michael Bloomberg is no friend to Republicans! He’s running in the Democratic Primary for President of the US on an anti-gun platform. Why are Senate Republicans doing his bidding?”
If passed by the House, and if not vetoed by Governor Ron DeSantis, SB 7028 would take effect July 1, 2020.
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