Officially, NH does not have a “Stand Your Ground” law. We do, however, have such a legal structure as it very closely resembles it. We can carry in virtually every location that we are legally allowed to be, only stopping short of courthouses. House Bill 135 would end all that, and contains the following provisions:
1) Eliminates the provision that allows a person to use deadly force anywhere he or she has a legal right to be. This limits an individual’s ability to defend themselves or third party from assault to their own place of residence.
2) Amends the definition of non-deadly force by removing the provision that specifies the act of producing or displaying a weapon is considered non-deadly force. Thus, drawing or exhibiting your firearm to intimidate a perpetrator could be considered deadly force.
3) Repeals the provision granting civil immunity for the use of force in certain circumstances. The elimination of this provision removes legal protections for law abiding citizens acting in self-defense.
So let me get this straight:
We can conceal carry freaking everywhere.
We can open carry everywhere (with a conceal carry license).
But if off home property we encounter a threat–with firearm on person–we must still flee rather than using the defensive tool on our hip?
You know, it’s almost as if “Live Free or Die” doesn’t really carry much weight anymore…