New Hampshire – Earlier this week I testified in favor of HB 282 which is intended to stop the lawless actions of the Conservation Officers of New Hampshire Fish and Game.
I explained to the committee that even though the department receives significant funding from federal excise taxes paid on firearms and ammunition; those who carry concealed purchase far more ammunition for training than hunters who fire a few shots a year. Contrary to what you may have heard, Fish and Game is not funded by hunting and fishing license fees alone. Yet, it is everyone who is impacted by Fish and Game's lawless actions that HB 282 will stop.
It is outrageous that Conservation Officers can search and arrest using the low level of proof known as reasonable suspicion but Major Crime Unit State Troopers who investigate heinous crimes against humans must meet the higher burden of proof known as probable cause.