Don’t Let The Title Fool You – NH HB1566 is “AN ACT Prohibiting Firearms”

by Steve MacDonald

guns, pistols, rifle, revolvers, and ammunitionDelmar Burridge is the lone sponsor of HB1566. And act prohibiting open carry of a firearm in certain public places. But the title is misleading because the language of the bill suggests a different goal entirely.

The trouble begins right out of the gate.

159:27 Firearms Prohibited in Certain Public Places.
I.  No person shall knowingly and openly carry a loaded or unloaded pistol, revolver, firearm, or other deadly weapon as defined in RSA 625:11, V, whether licensed or unlicensed, upon the person or within any of the person’s possessions owned or within the person’s control in the following places:

Correct me if I’m wrong but wouldn’t ‘or within any of the person’s possessions owned‘ also prohibit carrying concealed?

So this isn’t an act prohibiting open carry in certain public places, it is an act prohibiting open or concealed carry. This would make the new “Working” title to AN ACT “prohibiting any firearms in certain public places.”

Sadly, that’s not correct either because the very next line of 159:27 I (a), prohibits carrying in,

(a) A place where medical services are provided. For the purposes of this section “medical services” means any service, supply, or drug intended for the maintenance care of, or preventive care for, the human body or the care or treatment of an illness or dysfunction of, or injury to, the human body. “Medical services” includes, but is not limited to, physician care, inpatient care, hospital surgical services, emergency services, ambulance services, laboratory services, pharmaceutical supplies, prescription drugs, and medical equipment and supplies.

I’m no legal expert, but to my untrained ear this prohibits carrying any firearm anywhere there is any service, supply, or drug intended for the maintenance care of, or preventive care for, the human body or the care or treatment of an illness or dysfunction of, or injury to, the human body.

Where that “isn’t” is troubling.

And since “Medical Services” defined includes, but is not limited to, I’m taking this to (at least potentially) mean that HB1566 could prohibit the carrying of any firearm on your person or among your possessions in the home, office, car, or anywhere there are prescriptions (drugs) or band-aids, (a very common every day medical “supply” used to “treat” injury to the human body).

Given this loose use of language, it would take less time to guess all the places where HB1566 would not prohibit the carrying (open or concealed) of a firearm or other deadly weapon. But the list continues none the less.

(b)  Any place holding a valid liquor license under RSA 178 where liquor is sold or consumed.
(c)  A polling place during a federal, state, or municipal election.
(d)  Houses of public worship, parish houses, church parsonages occupied by their pastors, convents, monasteries, buildings and the lands appurtenant to them which are owned, used, or occupied directly for religious training or for other religious purposes by any regularly recognized and constituted denomination, creed, or sect, organized, incorporated, or legally doing business in this state and the personal property used by them for the purposes for which they are established.
(e)  Any entertainment venue which seats more than 5,000 people.
(f)  Any public building.  In this subparagraph, “public building” means any building, structure, or place owned or operated by the state or one of its political subdivisions, including the university system of New Hampshire and the community college system of New Hampshire.

I think (b) through (f) are more distractions than anything else but no reason to stop there. At the end of this ridiculous scrabble of rubbish are a list of exceptions to the restrictions which can be summed up as follows: only guns for the government.

Delmar may or may not be a great guy, but this sort of thing is typically reserved for third-world despots and moonbat Democrat governors of coastal states (if and when they are not the same thing).

Now, I’d like to give Delmar credit for proposing this for the sole purpose of advertising (for political gain) the names of those who oppose it, but this is so badly written that we can’t even resuscitate it for that sad, partisan purpose.

It should die in committee, but someone may take it upon themselves to try and fix the language.

Don’t bother. It’s not going to pass. Just ITL it and call it a day.



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  • Ed Naile

    Burridge had some lefty lawyers write a bill for him.
    Now he can feel good about himself.
    It ain’t going nowhere.

    • KAMGlosta

      He probably got it from the same California gun control organization where Katherine ‘Assault Rep’ Rogers always gets HER gun control bills.

  • Yeah thats a bit all encompassing, now he can feel satisfied that he has fulfilled whatever obligation he has to Bloomberg for his campaign donation and toddle off to Aspen for christmas.

  • Radical Moderate

    The most important question of all in my mind is;
    Being from Pennsylvania how did this oddball end up picking New Hampshire to live in when he could have gone to a state that better reflects his politics?

    The second most important question is;
    After watching this video and reading the WND article, why isn’t someone like this a supervised care facility instead of being allowed to politically impact our state?

    Third most important question;
    How does one become an assistant Professor in Criminal Justice & Humanities unless its by being a total stumblebum or by deliberately picking two diametrically opposed majors in case one doesn’t end up panning out for you which is in my opinion indicative of spina et indigentiam.

    • Ed Naile

      I am from Pa. as well. Moved here in 77-78 with zero intentions of making NH into a liberal waste site.
      Remember Governor Milton Shapp?
      Just a tiny state income tax and everything in Pa. will be roses and puppy breath.
      The illegal votes in Philly ran the whole state until Trump came along. The more population Philly lost – the more voters it had. The Black Panther/Eric Holder poll watchers were and still are working Philly election stations.
      The “criminal justice professor” can find a more regulated state to live in very easily.
      He soooo educated he didn’t notice gun control is a loser in NH?

      • Radical Moderate

        I am a transplant as well Ed. I still can’t grasp why a Leftist would intentionally live in a conservative state. I needed to live in New England so I deliberately sought to live in NH because it was the most conservative state in New England. You would think that people that are anti-gun would move to a state that’s anti-gun as well, that way they can concentrate on doing other things in life, like tending their garden or going to the race track in their senior years. It just boggles my mind.

        • mer

          Ok, I’ll bit. Transplants from NJ and I sure as heck don’t want to change NH into NJ.

          • Radical Moderate

            I was hoping to point out the difference between Conservatives and Leftist Progressives. It appears the Progressives just refuse to leave Conservatives alone when Conservatives wan’t nothing more than to be left alone and leave others alone.
            It appears from all the evidence over the years that Conservatives will eventually be forced into a corner by the Progressives who have clearly been the aggressor.
            In my opinion Progressives simply don’t have the intelligence necessary to recognize when to stop antagonizing Conservatives.

    • sb

      They come here to change it.

    • 175jfs

      Welcome to academia.

  • Bryan W

    Is there a problem that this is supposed to solve? I haven’t heard of hordes of pistol-packing padres invading monasteries, or shootouts at the local bars. What did I miss?

    What would be fun is to take this bill, and amend it (replace all after the enacting clause) to read: Possession of a firearm in a public place is not sufficient probable cause to detain and question any person.

    Force them to vote against their own bill. (Do they have an ITL/A status? 🙂 )

    • KAMGlosta

      There are never ANY issues that any gun control legislation will ‘solve,’ especially not in NH, one of the safest states in the country.

      This bill will be voted ITL out of committee and be killed dead in the House.

    • Liberal Conservative

      “pistol-packing padres invading monasteries”…love it! The pictures in my mind that invokes…LOL.

      • Bryan W

        Feel free to steal it.

  • mvpel

    Can’t we just impeach him for abrogating his oath of office?

  • mrwonderful

    Can’t see how this will pass . . . I think your analysis is correct. A case could be made for finding someone in violation of this law virtually ANYWHERE in the state.

  • Oh, c’mon! How could ANYBODY oppose just a few, minor, “common sense” tweeks, that have been weighed, measured, and found wanting, SOOOOOOO many times before?
    SURELY “It’ll be different THIS time!”
    It’s for your safety! It’s for “our” children!

    • Elliot Axelman

      Well, if it’s for the children, then we should definitely support this!! Let’s ban all guns! That will ensure that nobody ever gets hurt with a gun again!!

  • Free_Able

    Well it was very interesting Delmar sent me a FB friend request and I confirmed as soon as I saw. I reveled in thought of opening dialog with him. My opening question and complete exchange:

    “Hi Delmare, are you looking to improve your NHLA legislator score? If yes I would be glad to help! Thank you for your friend request. D- is a very low score. ”

    He chose not to respond and blocked me. I ask is that any way to treat a 26 year constituent? LOL Coward that he is, I guess I could have come out softer. A lost cause, so sad!

    • Free_Able

      Some say NHCLU would get involved for Delmar blocking a constituents access. There appears to be no separate rep site. 🙂 <3

  • Jim Johnson

    This guy’s a joke What happens if I unknowingly openly carry a loaded or unloaded pistol? My wife and came from Marxachusetts 25 years ago, like Ed we had intentions of making NH into a liberal waste site, in fact we were running from the Marxist.state to live free or die state.

  • Mic Roland

    Aside from the convlutions, I object to the presumption that a lawmaker can tell a “place of worship” what they can or can’t do. Democrats are always so worried about the “separation of church and state” when it means the church having to butt out of the public sphere. They aren’t worried at all about seperation when it comes to THEM telling the church what it can and can’t do.

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