Multiple bills filed primarily by Republican Representatives would expand personal liberties and diminish the regulatory state in New Hampshire:
House Bill 192 would expand the current list of handgun calibers legally allowed for deer hunting to include a few more large-bore calibers.
Currently, New Hampshire politicians allow deer hunters to use .357 Magnum, 10mm, .41 Remington, .44 Magnum, .45 Long Colt, .480 Ruger, and .50 Magnum calibers. This simple bill would allow hunters to also use newer large handgun calibers, including:
“.45 ACP, .460 Rowland, .45 Super, .50 AE, .357 SIG, .327 Federal Magnum, and .400 Corbon.”
The bill also expands the allowable number of rounds in the firearm from 5 to 6.
SPONSORS: Rep. J. MacDonald, Carr. 6; Rep. Crawford, Carr. 4; Rep. Avellani, Carr. 5; Rep. Umberger, Carr. 2; Rep. Deshaies, Carr. 6
UPDATE: This bill has passed into law
House Bill 403 would allow people to refill their beer growlers at bars that did not originally sell them the growler. Apparently, doing so is currently a crime in New Hampshire. This simple bill is short and sweet:
“Where the retail sale of any beverage in a refillable container has been authorized, a licensee may fill a container with a beverage that does not match the labeling on the container at the direction of the buyer.”
SPONSORS: Rep. Prout, Hills. 37; Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Binford, Graf. 15; Rep. Belanger, Rock. 9; Rep. Bordes, Belk. 3
COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs
UPDATE: This bill has died
House Bill 381 would make it legal for people to obtain laboratory tests without a referral from a doctor. Again, this is apparently illegal in New Hampshire. As per the bill:
“A person may obtain any laboratory test from a clinical laboratory licensed pursuant to RSA 151:2, I(c) on a direct access basis without a request or authorization from a licensed medical practitioner if the laboratory offers that test to the public on a direct access basis.”
SPONSORS: Rep. Edwards, Rock. 4; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8; Rep. Deshaies, Carr. 6
UPDATE: This bill has died
SPONSORS: Rep. Hill, Merr. 3; Rep. Steven Smith, Sull. 11; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Lang, Belk. 4; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Rep. A. Lekas, Hills. 37
Update: This bill has passed the House and is now in the Senate.
House Bill 334 removes the crime of carrying a loaded pistol while on an ATV or snowmobile. It is currently legal in New Hampshire to carry any sort of firearm anywhere in any fashion one desires. Unless they are riding an ATV or snowmobile.
SPONSORS: Rep. Burt, Hills. 39; Rep. Nunez, Hills. 37; Rep. Kelsey, Hills. 7; Rep. Silber, Belk. 2; Rep. Rhodes, Ches. 15; Rep. Gorski, Hills. 7; Rep. Kofalt, Hills. 4; Rep. Roy, Rock. 32; Sen. Daniels, Dist 11; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2
COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
House Bill 224 would remove the crime of tinting front side windows of one’s vehicle. Current law allows individuals to tint their rear side windows, but not the front side windows or windshield. This bill would make it legal to tint the front right and left windows without being punished by police, who themselves are exempt from these laws, of course.
UPDATE: PASSED HOUSE
SPONSORS: Rep. Yokela, Rock. 33; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24; Rep. Abramson, Rock. 37; Rep. Hill, Merr. 3; Rep. O’Hara, Belk. 9; Rep. Belanger, Rock. 9
If you believe in personal freedom, make sure to email the committees hearing these bills and your own Representatives to let them know that you support these bills.