HB492 (2015) Detail

Relative to military and historic reenactments and commemorations.



12Mar2015… 0690h





AN ACT relative to military and historic re-enactments and commemorations.

SPONSORS: Rep. Welch, Rock 13; Rep. Weyler, Rock 13; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen.?Fuller?Clark, Dist 21

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety


This bill requires military and historic re-enactors to obtain permission from the fire department and comply with the state fire code and amends a section heading to remove an obsolete reference.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

12Mar2015… 0690h




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen

AN ACT relative to military and historic re-enactments and commemorations.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

94:1 Unauthorized Use of Firearms and Firecrackers. Amend RSA 644:13, II and III to read as follows:

II. For the purposes of this section[, “compact part”]:

(a) “Blank ammunition” means a cartridge loaded with propellant and a wad, but no projectile.

(b) “Compact part” means the territory within a town or city comprised of the following:

[(a)] (1) Any nonresidential, commercial building, including, but not limited to, industrial, educational, or medical buildings, plus a perimeter 300 feet wide around all such buildings without permission of the owner.

[(b)] (2) Any park, playground, or other outdoor public gathering place designated by the legislative body of the city or town.

[(c)] (3) Any contiguous area containing 6 or more buildings which are used as either part-time or permanent dwellings and the spaces between them where each such building is within 300 feet of at least one of the others, plus a perimeter 300 feet wide around all the buildings in such area.

III. Paragraph I shall not apply to the firing or discharge of a cannon, gun, pistol, or other firearm within the compact part of a town or city for the following events, provided that the person responsible for organizing the event notifies the police department [of] and the fire department prior to the following events using blank ammunition:

(a) The celebration of, or practice for the celebration of, military events, military funerals, national holidays, or other military or veterans commemorations, conducted by United?States armed forces personnel; or

(b) Military re-enactors registered with the secretary of state’s office and who meet the requirements of the state fire code pursuant to RSA 153:5; or

(c) Funerals or commemorative events conducted by law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical services, or other public safety agencies, or official veterans organizations including but not limited to the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

94:2 Unauthorized Use of Firearms and Firecrackers; Section Heading Amended. Amend the section heading of RSA 644:13 to read as follows:

644:13 Unauthorized Use of Firearms [and Firecrackers].

94:3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Approved: June 5, 2015

Effective Date: August 4, 2015