Constitutional amendment would ban future firearms restrictions in the state

Constitutional amendment would ban future firearms restrictions in the state

Members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee met to hear bills expanding gun rights, Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021. — The New Hampshire House is considering recommending a constitutional amendment that would prevent future state laws from restricting firearm ownership, one of a series of gun rights bills proposed this year. The proposal, officially called Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolution 8 would prevent the Legislature from passing any law “restricting the right to own, carry, or use firearms or firearm accessories.” But some gun rights groups say that the amendment needs to be workshopped, and could have unintended consequences for firearms use in the state. New Hampshire’s constitution already contains a version of the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution, which states: “All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the State.” This legislation would add two following sentences. “The Legislature shall enact no law that limits the right of a person to own, carry, or use firearms or firearm accessories in any manner that would create a greater burden than that in federal law,” the amendment states. “Any federal law that infringes upon rights guaranteed in this New Hampshire Constitution shall be unenforceable by New Hampshire law enforcement.” Rep. Terry Roy, the bill’s sponsor, said the amendment was intended to protect firearm rights, and stop the see-sawing of gun legislation between Republican and Democratic legislatures. “The reason I’m introducing this bill is because I’ve heard from […]

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