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My Opinion

February 2, 2012

My Opinion: February 2, 2012

RAYMOND — This column is a continuation with the passed bills from the early sessions of January 4 and 5. These are all still retained bills from last year.

HB-162-FN - relative to capital murder for purposely causing the death of another. This bill only gives the option of seeking a death penalty and is not mandatory for someone who chose to take the life of another. Bill tabled RC 176-153.

HB-217-FN - including "unborn child" in the definition of "another" for the purpose of first and second degree murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide. This bill will include "fetus" in RSA 630, adding definitions: (a) "Conception" means the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum. (b) "Unborn child" means the female reproductive condition of having an unborn in the woman's body. A-2781h yes VV,

A-0047h no RC 139-201, A 0010h yes VV, OTP-A yes RC 213-125.

HB-334 - relative to the state's authority to prohibit or regulate firearms, firearms components, ammunition, firearms, and knives. This bill adds knives to RSA 159:26and codifies that the General Court shall have exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the sale, ownership, transportation, and use of firearms and knives. A-2563h yes VV, OTP-A yes RC 180-144.

HB-486-FN - relative to penalties for alcohol ignition interlock circumvention. This bill creates an enhanced penalty for those who violate the alcohol ignition interlock device installed by court order. A-2577h yes VV, OTP-A yes RC 259-48.

HB-536-FN - relative to the natural right to carry a firearm, openly or concealed, without a license. Bill will increase the length of time between license renewals to 5 years. It also makes the pistol/revolver license optional and allows anyone to carry a concealed firearm without a pistol/revolver license. A-2679h yes VV, OTP-A yes RC 193-122.

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