CCRKBA Thanks N.H. Lawmakers for Expanding Self-Defense Rights

CCRKBA Thanks N.H. Lawmakers for Expanding Self-Defense Rights

CCRKBA Thanks N.H. Lawmakers for Expanding Self-Defense Rights

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today congratulated members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives for voting to expand the state’s self-defense statute by over-riding Gov. John Lynch’s veto.

The 251-111 House vote Wednesday afternoon follows a 17-7 vote by the State Senate last week, enabling SB 88 to become law. The legislation was opposed by gun prohibition and anti-self-defense groups that insisted it would close the door for recourse by innocent bystanders who might be accidentally shot in a self-defense situation. Law enforcement officials also reportedly opposed the measure.

“The right of a citizen to defend himself or herself, or their families from violent attack is sacrosanct in this country,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “That right does not, and should not, end abruptly on the front porch of someone’s home, but cover situations that could erupt in any public place where a citizen has a right to be.

“Law-abiding citizens in other states,” he continued, “enjoy full self-defense rights, and there is no reason why the good people of New Hampshire should be treated any differently. The expansion of self-defense rights has not – as anti-gunners have consistently predicted – led to widespread incidents of vigilante justice or careless use of deadly force. Responsible armed citizens do not live down to such hysterical misrepresentations, and the anti-self-defense lobby knows it.”

Gottlieb particularly thanked House Speaker William O’Brien for what appears to have been a change of heart, allowing the override vote after earlier suggestions that no such vote would be entertained.

“We are confident that New Hampshire citizens will demonstrate the same due care and caution that citizens of other states have shown,” Gottlieb observed. “It is utter nonsense to believe that any citizen should leave his personal safety, and the safety of his loved ones, parked at home.”

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  • Anonymous

    Outstanding! Some common sense, at last.

  • Anonymous

    good

  • p30 in 40

    IF YOU HAVE A PERMIT TO CARRY IN ANY STATE……….. CHERISH IT!!!!!!!!!
    THEN………
    GET OUT OF YOUR EASY CHAIR AND PUT THE HEAT ON D.C. LAWMAKERS TO PASS H.R.822 THE NRA HAS DONE THEIR PART..NOW IT’S UP TO YOU!!!!!!!!!

    • BAMF-Agent

      I don’t know why H.R.822 is necessary.  The same section of the US Constitution (Article IV Section 1) that allows driver’s licenses to be respected in each state should also cover concealed carry permits right? I of course don’t want to be the one to find out how the courts would rule on this though.

  • Anonymous

    Innocent bystanders may not have recourse? Duh … and what recourse would the disarmed citizen have if they were shot during a robbery, which is much more likely?  Or what recourse would the innocent bystander have if he were also shot by the criminal?

    So the bill may not protect the bystanders. Fine. Put in place a provision that they can seek recourse from the perpetrator, not the citizen defending himself as well as the innocent bystander.

    Because someone MAY be harmed liberals want to strip away protection
    from someone who WILL be harmed. (Remember, self-defense is meant mostly
    for situations in which you yourself are facing deadly peril). I get truly annoyed with liberals who play on the fantasy that the world would be a utopia if only we followed their ill-thought-out rules governing every detail of our lives. Life is not fair. Bad things happen. If you can’t deal with it, at least do not take away my right to do so.

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