Change to PGNH Board of Directors

[Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.]  Pro-Gun New Hampshire is proud to announce the appointment of State Representative Ken Kreis as one of our five corporate directors.  Formerly one of six Senior Advisors to PGNH, he replaces Bob Pagano, who has been occupied with his gun-brokering business, Tango Yankee, LLC (web: www.tangoyankee.com), and who has graciously stepped down to become a Senior Advisor.

Ken Kreis, the former President of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, is an avid sportsman and firearms enthusiast who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to his position as a member of the NH House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which oversees state firearms legislation.  Ken introduced and defended the first Constitutional Carry bill, Jenn Coffey's HB330, to the floor of the House.  He served as the House chair of the Committee of Conference (between House and Senate) on the 2011 bill SB88, which improved firearms rights.  Most impressively, he exposed the machinations of state senator David Boutin that kept Constitutional Carry out of SB88, and agreed to publish his report, over his signature, on our website.  (See http://pgnh.org/rumor_confirmed_why_senator_boutin_killed_constitutional_carry .)  Ken is the owner of Capitol Copy, a successful full-service copy and printing business located across the street from the State House (web: www.capitolcopy.com).  A good writer and an expert in typesetting software, he has edited and published newsletters for several pro-gun organizations.


HB194 passes House by a vote of 204 to 110

[Posted Thursday, January 5, 2012, at 4:15 p.m.]  See the Legislative Alert article posted below on 1/1/12. 

HB536 passes House by a vote of 193 to 122

[Posted Thursday, January 5, 2012, at 10:20 a.m.]  See the Legislative Alert article posted below on 1/1/12. 

HB334 passes House by a vote of 180 to 144

[Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 9:30 p.m.]  See the Legislative Alert article posted below on 1/1/12.  HB536 and HB194 were not voted on in today's session.

Legislative Alert: contact your state reps before January 4

[Posted Sunday, January 1, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.]  On Wednesday, January 4, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on three important gun bills.  These are good pro-gun bills, and we urge you to contact your state representative and ask him or her to vote in favor of them.

HB536 is a Constitutional Carry bill, allowing concealed carry without a license.  (Carry licenses will still be available for those who want to travel to other states that recognize NH licenses with a reciprocal agreement.)  Note that the Union Leader recently published an article saying that Governor Lynch will veto the bill if it passes House and Senate; that is all the more reason to ask your state reps to support this bill and to ask other state reps to do so as well.  A governor's veto can be overridden with a 2/3 vote (and this was done with the pro-gun bill SB88 in the year just past).  The text of HB536, as most recently amended, is at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/amendments/2011-2679H.html .


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 

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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:  

SUICIDES IN NH
far outnumber homicides 

FIREARMS ARE THE LEADING METHOD 

ATTEMPTS WITH A GUN ARE MORE DEADLY
than attempts with other methods  

The poster may be viewed here:
http://www.theconnectproject.org/uploads/docs/Posterfinal.pdf
.