H.R. 822, national concealed-carry reciprocity, passes the US House 272 to 154

[Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 9:45 p.m.]    Concealed carry licenses should be recognized by other states, just like marriage or driver licenses. 

From the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) today:

"The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an important self-defense measure that would enable millions of Right-to-Carry permit holders across the country to carry concealed firearms while traveling outside their home states. H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, passed by a majority bipartisan vote of 272 to 154. All amendments aimed to weaken or damage the integrity of this bill were defeated."

Nappen's Deadly Force Basics

[Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 1:20 p.m.]  PGNH General Counsel, attorney Evan Nappen, has created a free guide to New Hampshire law on the use of deadly force.  Go to

Second Constitutional Carry bill is passed by NH House committee

[Posted Friday, October 21, 2011, at 9:30 p.m. -- updated Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 10:30 a.m.]  Yesterday, the NH House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee passed, by a vote of 12 to 5, an amended version of HB536, the SECOND Constitutional Carry bill of this year.  Constitutional Carry would allow concealed carry of handguns to anyone who can lawfully possess a firearm, without the need for a license or permit -- as has been the law in Vermont since 1903.  Licenses would still be issued to those who want them for purposes of reciprocity with other states, as is the law in Alaska (since 2003), Arizona (since 2010), and Wyoming (this year).

Cavalry Scout Jamie J. Kiklis and the Need for National Right to Carry Reciprocity

by Evan F. Nappen, Esq.

[Posted Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 12:40 p.m.]  Cavalry Scout Jamie J. Kiklis was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Tal Afar, Iraq, during June of 2005.

Part of the mission was to take a terrorist stronghold. While engaging the enemy in the pursuit of the objective, Kiklis was hit twice from enemy rounds fired from a terrorist’s AK-47. One bullet struck him in the abdomen and the other struck him in the thigh. Kiklis then crawled into an uncleared room and proceeded to conduct did his own medical treatment and “pulled security” with his Beretta 92 9mm pistol. While he was bleeding and trying to ignore the excruciating pain, his fellow soldiers “put the Bradley through the building,” creating a potential escape route. He gathered all his strength and hopped out on one foot, while heavy enemy fire of bullets and grenades came in from everywhere.

NH “Suicide and Guns” Ploy Funded by Top Anti-Gun Groups

[Posted Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.] 

                               By Evan F. Nappen, Attorney at Law  

“Hell is paved with good intentions."
Boswell's Life of Johnson, April 14, 1775 


Recently gun dealers were sent a large manila envelope from the NH Firearms Safety Coalition.  The packet contained a number of items with a disturbing anti-gun-rights message, including a full color poster proclaiming:  

far outnumber homicides 


than attempts with other methods  

The poster may be viewed here:

How the NH legislature voted on the SB88 veto override

[Posted Sunday,September 18, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.]  On Wednesday September 7, the NH Senate voted 17 to 7 to override the governor's veto of SB88, the most important gun bill of the year.  The vote was on party lines (Republicans voting for gun rights, Democrats against), with two exceptions:  Republican Senators Bob Odell and Nancy Stiles voted to support the governor's veto.  On Wednesday September 14, the NH House of Representatives voted 251 to 111 to override the governor's veto, again mostly on party lines; 21 Republican state reps voted to support the governor's veto, while five Democrat state reps voted to override.  (The names of those who voted against party lines are listed below.)  Since both Senate and House votes exceeded the necessary two-thirds for a veto override, SB88 is now law, to become effective on November 13.

NH House votes to override governor's veto of SB88

[Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 7:15 p.m.]  At 2:00 o'clock this afternoon, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 251 to 111 -- well beyond the required two-thirds majority -- to join the Senate (which voted a week ago) to override Governor Lynch's veto of SB88, despite the frantic and misguided urgings of law enforcement administrators (known to some people as "politicians with badges").

It seems that every time there's legislation in favor of self-defense, government and police officials howl about "blood in the streets" -- and they're ALWAYS proven wrong.

The Duty to Retreat for Cops

[Posted Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 1:10 p.m.]   Various Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement representatives have gone on a public tour with the Governor proclaiming how important the “Duty to Retreat” is to New Hampshire’s self defense law as it applies to honest citizens under RSA 627:4. Given that they feel that way, we propose adding it to the self defense requirements for law enforcement found under RSA 627:5.  (Note that this applies only to a law enforcement officer's self defense, not to making an arrest.)  We have taken the exact language that they support and just modified it to fit law enforcement.  Here is how it reads:

NH Senate overrides Governor's SB88 veto, 17 to 7

[Posted Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 3:20 p.m.]  This afternoon, the New Hampshire state senate voted 17 to 7 -- more than the required 16 to 8 -- to override Governor Lynch's veto of SB88.  The House, which votes next week, is expected to override the veto by an even larger margin.

Yesterday, the governor held a press conference, supported by state Attorney General Delaney, Manchester Police Chief Mara, and other senior law enforcement officials, claiming that SB88 would empower criminals.  Two hours later, another press conference, sponsored by pro-gun activists, strongly opposed these ideas.  Prominent among the speakers were Reps. Jenn Coffey and Ken Kreis, both Senior Advisors of Pro-Gun New Hampshire, and Pro-Gun New Hampshire General Counsel Evan Nappen, who reiterated the points made in his recent article -- http://pgnh.org/the_dummy_s_guide_to_the_duty_to_retreat -- and was quoted in three New Hampshire newspapers:

The Dummy’s Guide to the “Duty to Retreat”

By Evan F. Nappen, Attorney at Law 

[Posted Monday, September 5, 2011, at 11:40 a.m.]

Will the passage of New Hampshire Senate Bill 88 (SB88), which includes the “stand your ground” exception to the “duty to retreat,” be good or bad for New Hampshire?  Governor Lynch, Manchester Police Chief Mara, and other law enforcement representatives say limiting the “duty to retreat” will be bad, and that it will empower criminals and gang members to get away with committing violent crimes.  Republican leaders say it will be good for honest citizens who will no longer have to consider retreating when faced with criminal violence as long as that person is “anywhere he or she has a right to be.”  Who is correct?  Throughout the debate, no one has discussed RSA 627:4, the state law that explains the “duty to retreat.”  Both sides have made claims as to SB88’s potential effect, but what is the truth? What follows is RSA 627:4 with SB88’s changes.  (Section I, which concerns only non-deadly force, isn’t shown. The new language that SB88 adds is in bold italics, and the old language that SB88 cuts is in [square brackets].)