Loaded firearms on snowmobiles?
Nov 30, 2016
Rep. Mark Proulx is sponsoring a 2017 bill that would allow drivers to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun while on an ATV, snowmobile, boat, or other vehicle. Read more about this issue.
"Should NH allow carrying loaded firearms on snowmobiles?"
Participation: 643 participants gave 1,299 responses.
A total of 91% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 9% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, 643 individuals contributed a total of 1,299 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)
What Participants Said
Yes: A majority, at 93% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing citizens to carry loaded firearms on snowmobiles.
- “Yes... snowmobiles are used off-road! Most of off-road areas are populated by animals, therefore YES.”
- “Yes. You never know when your life, the lives of your loved ones or the lives of your fellow citizens could be in danger.”
- “[You’re] out in the middle of nowhere. All alone. You need basic survival equipment- a gun is one of them.”
No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 7%, opposed allowing citizens to carry loaded firearms on snowmobiles.
- “No. It only increases the risk of more shootings.”
- “Loaded firearms should not be carried on any type of motorized vehicle.”
- “I know it's unfair to the responsible riders, but I've had a couple of run-ins with intoxicated drivers and the idea [that] one of them could have a loaded weapon is scary.”
Other: As noted above, 9% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. Most of these respondents expressed confusion about the current legal status of carrying firearms on snowmobiles:
- “I have never heard [of] this. Can someone find any truth to this? If this is true can we still carry with clip out?”
- “So basically if you have a CC [concealed carry license] you can carry a loaded pistol. If you don’t you can carry a pistol but it can’t be loaded.”
- “I didn’t even know this was illegal to begin with. I’d expect this law out of Massachusetts, but not ‘live free or die’ New Hampshire.”
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.
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