Under Proposal, New Hampshire Would Opt Out of Federal Program that Militarizes Local Police

CONCORD, N.H. (November 13, 2017) – A bill prefiled in the New Hampshire House would opt the state out of a federal program that facilitates the sale or transfer of certain military equipment from the federal government to state and local law enforcement.

A coalition of eight legislators introduced HB1431 (HB1431) for the 2018 session, Titled the PEACE (Police Equipment and Community Engagement) Act of 2018, the legislation would prohibit the state and its political subdivisions from acquiring military-equipped vehicles that are not available in an open commercial market.

The bill reads, in part:

Except as provided in paragraph I, no state agency or political subdivision of this state shall acquire, purchase, or otherwise accept for use any military-equipped vehicle or military grade hardware, including but not limited to armored personnel carriers, Title II weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, or unmanned ground vehicles, unless such military grade vehicle or hardware is readily available in an open national commercial market. Any military-equipped vehicle or military grade hardware acquired in violation hereof shall be forfeited.

Similar legislation (HB1402) was introduced last year and tabled after the House Municipal and County Government Committee voted it inexpedient to legislate by …

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