New England in Brief
Vermont Tax Dept. notes homestead declaration change
MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Taxes is reminding residents that there’s a change in the tax law regarding homestead declarations.
In the past, property owners had to file the declaration whenever there was a change in ownership or status of the property.
But starting this year, property owners must file such declarations annually by tax day, April 15.
A property owner must file a homestead declaration if the owner owns and occupies the property as his or her primary residence and is domiciled in Vermont.
Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson says filling the declaration is critical to paying the correct amount of tax.
Rally promoting 2nd Amendment at N.H. Statehouse
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Several hundred gun rights advocates -- some toting rifles and holstered handguns -- flocked to the Statehouse Thursday to oppose weapons bans and efforts to repeal parts of New Hampshire’s expanded stand-your-ground law.
Speaker after speaker rallied the crowd of about 300 to hold firm to their firearms and their right to bear them.
"The line in the sand is easily moved," shouted Jerry DeLemus, a firearms instructor and head of the Rochester 912 gun-rights group. "We’re in New Hampshire. That line is going to be cut deep into granite."
Speakers criticized Democrats in Washington for favoring new gun control laws following the Newtown, Conn., shooting.
Many in the crowd waved American flags or yellow ones bearing the slogan, "Don’t tread on me." There was no sighting of supporters of gun restrictions or bans.
About 200 people attended a House hearing last week on a bill that would repeal parts of a law that Republicans pushed through two years ago -- over a governor’s veto and law enforcement’s objections -- allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves any place they have a right to be without having a duty to retreat.
The deadly force law is based on the Castle Doctrine, which says a person does not have to retreat from intruders at home before using deadly force. The New Hampshire law -- passed in 2011 -- expanded that principle to public places.
House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff, D-Concord, is proposing again requiring people to retreat in public if it is safe to do so.
The Thursday afternoon rally was organized by leaders of two conservative New Hampshire groups -- the Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriots. Those who signed a petition were given a raffle ticket to win 100 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.
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