By Kimberly Morin
Last week, the Education Committee in the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed House Bill 564 (HB 564), AN ACT relative to possession of firearms in safe school zones. This legislation will make virtually all of New Hampshire a “gun free zone.”
Supporters of the legislation claim they don’t want any firearms, unless held by law enforcement or those with “written permission,” on any school grounds or “zones” in the state. What they neglect to tell Granite Staters is that the Federal Gun Free Zone Act was put into law in 1990 and it prohibits all but law-abiding gun owners who have pistol revolver licenses from carrying firearms onto school grounds. This is already the law.
Supporters somehow believe criminals are going to suddenly obey “gun free zone” signs. Of course, even they aren’t that stupid.
What this legislation really does is turn law-abiding citizens into criminals but not just in actual school zones, around actual school property, including school buses. So if you’re randomly driving behind a school bus one day and you’re a law-abiding citizen practicing your protected fundamental human right to self-defense, you will be a criminal.
|HB 564 – AS INTRODUCED
|NH RSA 193-D:1||18 U.S. Code § 921.
GUN FREE SCHOOL ZONE ACT
|AN ACT relative to possession of firearms in safe school zones.
1 New Section; Possession of Firearms in a Safe School Zone. Amend RSA 159 by inserting after section 159:19-a the following new section:
|193-D:1 Definitions. –
In this chapter:
II. “Safe school zone” means an area inclusive of any school property or school buses.III. “School” means any public or private elementary, secondary, or secondary vocational-technical school in New Hampshire. It shall not include home schools under RSA 193-A.V. “School property” means all real property, physical plant and equipment used for school purposes, including but not limited to school playgrounds and buses, whether public or private.
18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(25).
(25) The term “school zone” means—
(A) in, or on the grounds of, a public, parochial or private school; or
(B) within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school.
|159:19-b Possession of a Firearm in a Safe School Zone.||18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2)(A)
|I. No person shall knowingly carry a firearm, as defined in RSA 173-B:1, XI, in a safe school zone, as defined in RSA 193-D. Any person who violates the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
|It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.
|II. This section shall not apply to:
|Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2)(B):|
|(a) Any person picking up or dropping off a student, provided the firearm remains in a motor vehicle, is not loaded, and is in either a locked container or a locked firearms rack.|| (i) on private property not part of school grounds;
(ii) if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license;
(iii) that is—
(I) not loaded; and
(II) in a locked container, or a locked firearms rack that is on a motor vehicle;
|(b) Any person authorized in writing by the school board or duly authorized designee to possess a firearm. Such authorization shall specify the weapon or weapons that have been authorized, the purpose and scope of the authorization, and the time period for which the authorization applies.
| (iv) by an individual for use in a program approved by a school in the school zone;
(v) by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual;
|(c) Any duly appointed law enforcement officer, properly trained school resource officer, or member of the armed services of the United States or National Guard when on duty.
|(vi) by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity; or
(vii) that is unloaded and is possessed by an individual while traversing school premises for the purpose of gaining access to public or private lands open to hunting, if the entry on school premises is authorized by school authorities.
|2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Again note: “No person shall knowingly carry a firearm, as defined in RSA 173-B:1, XI, in a safe school zone, as defined in RSA 193-D. Any person who violates the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.”
They have used the New Hampshire “safe school zone” definition which includes property and school buses. So if your child brings home a book that is property of the school, your home is now part of the “safe school zone” and you become a criminal, in your own home.
If your child brings home the class hamster, your home is now part of the “safe school zone” and you become a criminal, in your own home.
If you happen to be neighbors with someone who drives a school bus for a living and parks it in their yard, you are now in a “safe school zone” and become a criminal, in your own home.
If you don’t think this is possible, re-read, slowly, the definition of “safe school zone.” It means exactly what it says. It is one of the most overreaching and egregious gun control bills Democrats have ever tried to shove down the Granite State’s throats, all in the name of “school safety.”
Of course, it’s a known fact that 98% of mass shootings occur in gun free zones but sponsors of this legislation don’t seem to care about facts. They are using this scam legislation to turn a huge part of New Hampshire into a gun free zone, no matter where you turn. No matter if you have children in the school system or not.
HB 564 isn’t about safety at all, in fact, it will make school children even less safe than they already are because criminals have NEVER stopped at “gun free zone” signs outside of schools. Those who will obey the law are the same law-abiding citizens who obey laws now, except those who will unknowingly violate this law because of the horrific overreach in the legislation and definition of “safe school zone.”
Once again, this legislation isn’t about gun safety, it’s about gun control. New Hampshire is consistently one of the safest states in the country yet the sponsors of this legislation seek to make the state less safe all while, once again, turning law-abiding citizens into criminals.