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MILFORD, N.H.—The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition will give away five of Magpul's 30-round PMAG magazines in a drawing at the end of the month to honor the firearms-accessory maker's protest effort late last month against a new Colorado gun-control law that bans the rifle magazines it produces.
Magpul Industries Corp., which is currently based in Erie, Colo., gave away 1,500 of its 30-round PMAG magazines designed for AR-15 style rifles to Colorado state residents at a protest event on June 29. A Colorado law restricting the size of firearm magazines to no more than 15 rounds took effect on July 1, but currently owned magazines, including the PMAGs Magpul distributed, will be legally “grandfathered.”
“Clearly, Magpul is a no-compromise company that not only stands on principle, but also takes action to advance the constitutional rights of firearm owners in Colorado and all across America,” said JR Hoell, secretary of the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition.
“As the Granite State's only no-compromise firearm rights organization, the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is excited to be able to honor and stand with Magpul in our national fight for firearm freedom by offering five, 30-round PMAGs to our members,” Hoell added. “We hope our effort to build solidarity with fellow firearm freedom fighters will also build support for the God-given right of individuals to bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.”
The New Hampshire Firearm Coalition will hold its drawing honoring Magpul's stand for firearm freedom on September 1st, and only paid family- or annual-coalition members will be eligible for the drawing. NHFC board members and their family members will not be eligible.
Magpul announced not long after Colorado's Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the unconstitutional magazine restriction into law that it is now producing its PMAG magazines outside the Centennial State for the first time in company history as a result of the new law. By the end of July, the company will reveal the location of its new permanent home outside Colorado.
"It is a shame that Gov. Maggie Hassan has intentionally avoided efforts to recruit to New Hampshire firearms manufacturers, such as Magpul from Colorado and PTR Industries from Connecticut,” Hoell said. “These are companies that gave advanced notice about their plans to leave states that pass unconstitutional gun-control laws. Manufacturing firms are clearly considering states that respect firearm freedom, and New Hampshire should be a no brainer for these companies. What a lost opportunity to create jobs and support our state's economy!”
About the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition
The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, which is comprised of law-abiding firearms owners, manufacturers and dealers, keeps its members informed about their legislators’ actions on important bills and other activity concerning firearm rights. The NHFC is New Hampshire’s only No Compromise Gun Rights Organization. While many so-called “gun rights groups” work to curry favor with politicians, NHFC is working aggressively to hold politicians accountable and to put a stop to gun control. For more information, please visit www.nhfc-ontarget.org.
New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Bill Receives Final Approval From Legislature; Gov. Hassan Will Sign It Into Law
Widely supported proposal will allow patients with serious illnesses to obtain and use medical marijuana
CONCORD – New Hampshire state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill Wednesday that will allow state residents with serious illnesses obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. The bill will now be transmitted to Gov. Maggie Hassan, who announced last week that she will sign it into law.
“This legislation has been a long time coming and is a much-needed victory for those with serious illnesses who find significant relief in medical marijuana,” said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which lobbied in support of the bill.
“The vast majority of Americans believe people suffering from debilitating conditions should be able to use medical marijuana, and it is time for other states to follow suit,” Simon said. “People suffering from cancer and HIV/AIDS in New York and other states are just as deserving of sensible and compassionate laws as those here in New Hampshire.”
HB 573, sponsored by State Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), will allow residents with certain debilitating illnesses, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, to possess up to two ounces of medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Patients will be able to obtain medical marijuana through one of four non-profit, state-licensed alternative treatment centers.
The House overwhelmingly approved the bill (284-66) on March 20. The Senate approved it (18-6) on May 23, but amended the bill in a manner that would have made it unworkable. House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise on the bill in a committee of conference on June 18, and the full House and Senate signed off on the final version today.
Gov. Hassan issued a press release last week, announcing she will sign the bill in its current form because she has “always maintained that allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the State of New Hampshire.”
Eighteen states and Washington, D.C. allow patients with qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana with recommendations from their physicians. The Illinois Legislature approved similar legislation in May and it is now awaiting the governor's signature.
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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana-policy-reform organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit http://www.marijuanapolicy.org.
Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on Governor Hassan's proposed last minute state employee pay raise:
"While we value the hard work and dedication of our state employees, Governor Hassan's decision to give away a $38 million pay raise during the 11th hour of budget negotiations is extremely irresponsible. The Governor never included this expense in her failed budget proposal and she has no idea how she is going to pay for it. Instead of presenting a plan to meet this new financial obligation, she is trying to pass the buck and force the legislature to figure out how to cover her last minute spending spree.
"This is just another example of Governor Hassan's failed fiscal leadership and inability to responsibly manage state finances. Instead of working with the legislature, the Governor has refused to present any ideas to balance our books since the Democrat-controlled House rejected her proposal. Hassan continues to prove that she is in over her head and unable to provide the responsible fiscal leadership that Granite Staters expect from their governor."