I am appreciating New Hampshire more and more as of late. The Live Free Or Die state is really living up to its motto. As you may have read about last week, NH is on the verge of becoming likes its neighbor Vermont and doing away with its firearm carrying licensing system to become a Constitutional Carry state.
On the heels of that legislation is another bill, brought forth by State Representative J.H Hoell, that would bar the police from becoming a paramilitary force without consent of the people.
The proposed legislation is now in committee. If it’s passed and signed into law by the governor, state and municipal agencies in New Hampshire will be barred from buying or even accepting free offers of “military style equipment” for police use, except with the approval of the assembled citizenry at a public town meeting.
That prohibition would include not just MRAPS and BearCats, but also things like fully automatic weapons or anything that is not “available in an open commercial market.”
Considering that the 2nd Amendment was written down in order to protect the citizenry’s right to fight back against a tyrannical government, the notion of limiting the local governments ability to outgun its citizens is a great take back of liberty.