New Hampshire Bill Would Tie State Definition of Firearms to Federal Statute

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2018) – A bill introduced in the New Hampshire Senate would change the definition of a “firearm” in the state to coincide with federal statute. Passage of this bill would expand regulation of firearms accessories in New Hampshire and empower the federal government to indirectly dictate gun laws in the Live Free or Die State.

Sen. Kevin Avard (R-Nashua) and Rep. Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) introduced Senate Bill 500 (SB500). The legislation would allow people in New Hampshire to have loaded firearms in an unmoving vehicle. It would also allow bow hunting license holders to carry firearms while hunting. These changes would be small steps forward for New Hampshire gun owners, but the bill has a major problem buried in it. It would change the definition of firearm to coincide with the federal definition.

Under current New Hampshire law, “Firearm” means “any weapon, including a starter gun, which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by force of gunpowder.” If SB500 passes, “firearm” would have the meaning set forth in 18 U.S.C. section 921.

Gun Owners of America explained the impact of this change.

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