Rumor Confirmed! Why Senator Boutin Killed Constitutional Carry

[Posted Friday, June 24, 2011, at 9:50 a.m.]

by State Representative Ken Kreis, Sr.

Editor's note: Representative Kreis is an Advisor of Pro-Gun New Hampshire, Inc., and was the House Chair of the recent Committee of Conference on SB88.  Background material on this article may be found in our previous articles: http://pgnh.org/senator_boutin_are_the_rumors_true , http://pgnh.org/who_ultimately_killed_constitutional_carry_answer_senator_boutin , http://pgnh.org/nra_and_its_nh_state_affiliate_go_nh_kill_constitutional_carry , and http://pgnh.org/house_passes_huge_pro_gun_bill_by_a_veto_proof_majority .  The editor added the emphasis (bold/underline) in paragraph No. 4.

To all,

It has come to my attention that Sen. Boutin attempted to get the several New Hampshire gun groups to the table together to try and move HB330 (the Constitutional Carry bill) out of the Senate. In speaking with the Senator today, he had indicated to me that at least two of the groups voiced their opinion to not show up due to information concerning the killing of Constitutional Carry in NH as posted on at least one website.  


I was distressed by this and attempted to discuss it with the Senator – but he took a different tone and was gone.

Please allow me to discuss a few items from my perspective:


Senator Boutin -- are the rumors true?

[Posted Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 9:45 a.m.]  Editor's note:  This was sent to us from an anonymous source in the State House.  It refers to our earlier article, http://pgnh.org/who_ultimately_killed_constitutional_carry_answer_senator_boutin .

So, Senator David Boutin, which is it?

Many of the gun group representatives are in possession of numerous emails which were sent to Senator Boutin prior to the committee of conference meeting on SB 88.  Those emails prove, without a doubt, that all of the gun groups -- PGNH, SAS, NHFC, GO-NH, and NRA -- had agreed on language to give NH citizens back their constitutional right to permitless carry.

A little birdie has whispered to many in the State House that Senator David Boutin used Constitutional Carry as a hostage to get a friend's government job reinstated by inserting it into the state budget.  When the House denied that budget padding, he retaliated by killing Constitutional Carry in the Senate.


PGNH counsel wins criminal gun case

[Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.]  Yesterday in Grafton Superior Court, PGNH General Counsel Evan F. Nappen won a criminal jury trial (State v. Donegan) in which his client had been charged with criminal threatening with a firearm and reckless conduct with a firearm. A "not guilty" verdict on all counts was rendered by the jury. The case involved charges that Mr. Donegan had “pointed” a handgun at an occupied vehicle.

Who Ultimately Killed Constitutional Carry? Answer: Senator Boutin

[Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 10:40 p.m.  This is a follow-up to last night’s article, http://pgnh.org/nra_and_its_nh_state_affiliate_go_nh_kill_constitutional_carry.]   

State Representative Ken Kreis, an Advisor of Pro-Gun New Hampshire, accomplished the impossible today.  In spite of all the negatives, Representative Kreis worked to find the words necessary to meet the requirement set by the Senate: “No bill on Constitutional Carry will be approved until and unless all gun groups in New Hampshire agree.” 

Today for the first time in years, Pro-Gun New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, NRA, and the NRA state affiliate Gun Owners of New Hampshire all agreed on the Constitutional Carry language for New Hampshire citizens – a milestone, for certain.  With help from Rep. J.R. Hoell, Rep. Kreis got the four groups to present a united front to the legislature on language for Constitutional Carry. 

Now is the time to buy the “Ken Kreis for Governor” signs – but before we toast the day, read on.  


NRA and its NH State Affiliate (GO-NH) kill Constitutional Carry

by Pro-Gun New Hampshire President Bob Clegg

[Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 11:30 p.m.]  The Constitutional Carry movement is spreading across the country.  It’s the right to carry a concealed handgun without a government-issued license or permit – as in Wyoming (2011), Arizona (2010), Alaska (2003), and Vermont (1903)(!).  

After months of work on the part of many people to bring Constitutional Carry to New Hampshire, the NRA, with the help of its state affiliate Gun Owners of New Hampshire (GO-NH), today killed Constitutional Carry by bullying NH state senators to remove portions of SB88 in a committee of conference.


PGNH scores another pro-Second Amendment victory

[Posted Wednesday, June 9, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.]  Today, Governor Lynch signed signed Rep. Jenn Coffey’s sponsored Knife Rights pre-emption bill, HB544. 

New Hampshire’s true defender of your Second Amendment Rights, Pro-Gun New Hampshire, helped get HB544 made into law today.   There was no major involvement from GO-NH, NHFC, or the NRA on this bill, and frankly, we're glad they just stayed out of it.

This is the second UNANIMOUS knife rights victory in New Hampshire -- 424 legislators, and not a SINGLE vote against it in the House or Senate.  It takes effect in 60 days.

House passes huge pro-gun bill by a veto-proof majority

[Posted Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 8:55 p.m.]  Yesterday, June 1, 2011, the New Hampshire House of Representatives approved an omnibus “Trifecta” pro-gun bill by a veto-proof supermajority vote of 248 to 111.  The bill, SB88, started out as a “Stand Your Ground” bill from the Senate.  But due to bungling and interference by NRA’s John Hohenwarter, progress on three pro-gun bills from the House (Constitutional Carry, Ward Bird, and Stand Your Ground) had been stopped cold in the Senate.   (See the articles posted earlier on our Pro-Gun New Hampshire website: http://pgnh.org/heave_ho_hohenwarter and http://pgnh.org/an_open_letter_to_the_nra_from_the_chair_of_the_nh_house_criminal_justice_and_public_safety_committee). 

In response to this Senate “train wreck” of three vital pro-Second Amendment measures, The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee amended Senate Bill 88 to include everything in the three stalled House Bills so that this important pro-gun legislation could still pass this session, despite the misguided efforts of the NRA by its agent. The House firmly rejected Hohenwarter’s misinformation and scare tactics by passing this amended SB88. 


An Open Letter to the NRA -- from the Chair of the NH House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

[Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.]  Editor's note:  The following open letter to the NRA was written by State Representative Elaine Swinford, Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and originally published today on her Facebook page.  It is re-published here, on the Pro-Gun New Hampshire website, with Representative Swinford's permission.  The Facebook link is http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=794319820#!/notes/elaine-swinford/open-letter-to-the-nra/10150188783749821 . 

An Open Letter to the NRA

As the Chair of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in the State of New Hampshire, I am writing to you to set the record straight regarding the statement posted on your website about HB330. You have been given misinformation (I prefer not to call anyone a liar) by your state NRA-ILA representative, John Hohenwarter. I do not appreciate his unprofessional behavior, which has been contrary and harmful to NRA’s reputation.


Heave Ho Hohenwarter

Tell NRA to pull this guy out of New Hampshire NOW!

By the Honorable Bob Clegg, President of Pro-Gun New Hampshire and former NH Senate Majority Leader

“…New Hampshire is too stupid to know what it needs…”      John Hohenwarter’s statement to Bob Clegg 

[Posted Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 11:20 p.m.]  John Hohenwarter is the NRA-ILA representative to New Hampshire.  In the time Mr. Hohenwarter has been here he has managed to do what the best anti-Second Amendment groups have not.  On behalf of the NRA, he has stopped the passage of the Constitutional Carry bill, the Ward Bird bill, and the bill to allow a person to stand their ground when attacked, a true right of self defense. 


A Sad Day in the New Hampshire Senate

[Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 9:10 p.m.]  (Please refer to our earlier article, http://pgnh.org/nra_pushes_gun_control_jeopardizes_constitutional_carry )  

Today the NH state senate voted to put HB330, the Constitutional Carry bill, (and three other pro-gun bills – HB210 and HB378, both on castle doctrine/stand-your-ground, and even HB225, on return of seized property) on hold until next year.