RAYMOND - The House Session of February 12 was just another day working on legislation. But at least there was not much bickering as in the last couple sessions. Things seemed to move along at a normal pace for the first time this year. Some of the bills of interest that were acted on include:
HB-1589, requiring background checks for all firearm sales. New Hampshire ranks among the safest states in America. The vast majority of gun owners in NH are honest, law abiding citizens. This bill would have done nothing to prevent criminals who have illegally obtained weapons, from committing heinous crimes, and would have infringed on our 2nd Amendment rights by creating onerous new gun regulations. The original bill was unnecessary and superfluous, making it harder and more expensive for people to purchase self defense guns, and could have made criminals out of responsible gun owners. Bill was brought forward because of “Sandy Hook School” incident. New Hampshire is not the big city problem area. Let them make their own rules, and let us live “free”. I understood from conversation in the House that they were going to let two people speak on each side of the debate, but that didn’t happen. The first thing that happened was a motion to Table the bill, which failed on a division (D) vote 153-165. I voted ‘yes’. We then spent twp hours with the following motions: amendment A-0371h passed RC 174-166 (N). floor amendment A-0467h passed RC 177-175 (Y), motion again to Table failed D 173-183 (Y), an Indefinite Postponement failed D 133-226 (Y), Ought to Pass as Amended OTP-A failed D 165-195 (N), then finally a motion to Inexpedient to Legislate (kill) ITL passed D 242-118 (Y).
This killed the bill. Then to be sure it would stay killed, and not be reconsidered, and while we had the votes to do it, a motion to reconsider was made, and motion maker asked that you vote ‘no’. A ‘no’ vote failure to reconsider would permanently kill the bill. Reconsider vote failed D 113-244 (N),which ended this topic for this year. Best thing for New Hampshire.