New Hampshire essentially nullifies federal gun control

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The new law, which comes as a victory for gun rights groups, prohibits state and municipal workers from “using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer, or cooperate with any law, act, rule, order, or regulation” on firearms enacted by the federal government.

By Christian Wade | The Center Square

New Hampshire law enforcement officials will be barred from enforcing federal firearms statutes and rules under a bill signed into law by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, which comes in response to concerns about tightening gun control laws.

The new law, which comes as a victory for gun rights groups, prohibits state and municipal workers from “using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer, or cooperate with any law, act, rule, order, or regulation” on firearms enacted by the federal government.

“New Hampshire has a proud tradition of responsible firearms stewardship, and I’ve long said that I’m not looking to make any changes to our laws,” Sununu said in a statement. “This bill will ensure that New Hampshire’s law enforcement efforts will be on our own state firearms laws – and that’s where I believe their focus should be.”

The new law doesn’t prohibit federal authorities from conducting investigations in the state and making arrests related to firearms law. It also includes exemptions allowing state and local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities if there is “reasonable suspicion” that a suspect had violated state laws.

Republicans, who control the House and Senate, pushed through the new law as a way of shielding gun owners in the state from any new federal regulations.

Democrats who voted against the measure described it as a “political stunt” that would compromise public safety by easing gun control laws.

“Banning New Hampshire law enforcement and judges from helping to stop the sale and creation of illegal weapons, crack down on firearm trafficking or enact programs to reduce gun violence in our streets is not only alarming but likely unconstitutional,” Rep. Linda Harriott-Gathright, D-Nashua, said in a recent statement.

The group GunSense NH blasted the new law as “dangerous” saying it “ties the hands of local law enforcement and directs them to stand down from protecting their communities, and it puts school officials in a situation to have to decide whether to break federal law or state law in order to protect our children.”

“By signing this into law, Sununu once again shows how deeply he is in the pocket of the corporate gun lobby,” the group said in a statement.

The issue of gun control in Washington was rekindled following a spate of gun violence that includes the deaths of 19 elementary school students in Uvalde, Texas.

On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed into law the most significant gun control bill in three decades.

The bill, which passed Congress with bipartisan support, enhances background checks for gun buyers 21 years of age, provides billions for mental health services and closes the so-called “boyfriend loophole” to prevent convicted domestic abusers from buying a firearm for at least five years.

It also clarifies the definition of a federally licensed firearms dealer and creates penalties for straw purchases and gun trafficking.

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  1. ALL GUN CONTROL UNDER THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IS ILLEGAL! Government does not give us our rights. Our rights are not given to us by the Constitution. Our rights are given to us by God and are inherent to us as human beings and by the Laws of Nature. These rights that we are born with are affirmed to us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the Constitution and specify what the government can and cannot do to us as citizens of the United States. Government’s only power is the power which is enumerated to it by the Constitution. The federal government, a state, county or town cannot pass a law contrary to the Constitution. Article 6 the Supremacy Clause makes the Constitution the supreme law of the land. Under our Constitution the government is not delegated the authority to legislate, enforce, or adjudicate laws pertaining to the exercise of our rights under the Constitution – Period. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to require the government’s permission to exercise any right affirmed to us under the Constitution. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to compel us to waive our guaranteed 4th Amendment right to be secure from unwarranted interrogation, search, or seizure in the absence of probable cause of criminal conduct. Or compel us to waive our guaranteed 5th Amendment right to due process as a precondition to being allowed (or denied) the exercise of our right to keep and bear arms. This violation of our 4th and 5th Amendment rights happens every time that we are interrogated under penalty of perjury without probable cause that a crime has been committed when we fill out B.A.T.F.E form 4473 to purchase a firearm. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to compel us to waive our 10th Amendment right to a federal government exercising only those powers delegated to it by the United States Constitution, and State governments are prohibited the exercise of any power prohibited to the States by the United States Constitution.
    The government is not delegated the authority under the 14th Amendment to make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States. Government is not delegated by our Constitution the authority to license firearm dealers or operate or fund the most powerful anti-rights government agency on the planet called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Since no Amendment in the Bill of Rights has been repealed thru Article V or by a National Convention of States, the only legal way to change the Constitution, all existing gun control laws presently violate five Amendments of the Bill of Rights and goes against the settled law of two Supreme Court decisions, Heller vs the District of Columbia 2008 and McDonald vs Chicago 2010. Both decisions affirm that the people’s right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and that citizens are allowed firearms in common use, those small arms or those that operate like them and are issued to our National Guard which comprises of citizen soldiers.

    The purpose of compelled background checks as a precondition to allowing or denying the transfer of a firearm is to deceive firearm owners and prospective owners into unknowingly waiving their rights guaranteed by the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th and 14th Amendments so they will have no rights left to claim when the government decides to register and confiscate our firearms. We have a right to keep and bear arms, not a privilege to keep and bear arms. Our rights are beyond the reach of the government and no citizen has to ask government permission to exercise a right. Government has no authority delegated to it by the Constitution to deceive its citizens into waiving their rights or acquiescing to the loss of their rights by subterfuge, scam, fraud, or force.

  2. New Hampshire The Free state like Fla and Texas and a few others… Bastions of
    real America.. while we slide down the crap slope of liberal nannyism and commie
    control…

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