Thursday, July 26, 2007

NH Machine Gun Shoot

At $25, this fundraiser sounds like a steal. If I were in or near New Hampshire, you could bet on me being there. For $25, you can spend the day firing various machine guns. Of course, the reporter would have you thinking this might be a horrible event.
Local Democrats say the event is in poor taste amid a spike in violent crime in Manchester and seeks to glorify the use of machine guns for political gain. The right to own guns has come under heightened scrutiny since the April shooting at Virginia Tech where a gunman killed 32 people.
Of course, all the stuff on the pro side was credited to the organizer, while this paragraph is credited to a nameless group of libs. And the VT reference is simply uncalled for.

How much of the violent crime cited here involved machine guns? None of it.

Buying a gun in New Hampshire, whose official motto is "Live Free or Die," is relatively easy.

The state does not require buyers to obtain a handgun license or undergo safety training before buying a handgun, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun-control lobby group.

In other words, New Hampshire is a free state. I'll go ahead and mention other relevant facts: open carry is allowed, though you need a concealed carry permit to have a loaded weapon in your vehicle. They are a shall-issue state for concealed carry, and they will honor permits from several states. They also have non-resident permits, available to anyone with a permit from any other state. Vermont residents may supply a letter from a sheriff if they don't have a permit from another state (Vermont requires no permit).

As far as gun rights go, NH is one of the better ones.

Of course, one can't expect an "authorized journalist" to find out everything I just found. It took me 2 minutes, and I don't think any of that was on the Brady page. They simply don't have time to do research. You'll also note that there is no mention in the article of a date for the fundraiser. Guess it would take too long to find the Manchester Republican Committee website, which clearly marks August 5th for the event. I suggest anyone in the area go have some fun. It's from 10-4 at the Pelham Fish and Game Club.

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