A New Hampshire judge, in Laconia no less, has already stated, quite clearly, that Laconia nor Gilford or for that matter any other city or town in New Hampshire CANNOT make female toplessness illegal when it is not illegal per the State. Simple as that. It is referred to as the “Home-Rule” clause.
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These arrests are already a mockery of the law (and common sense) and just gives the New Hampshire “Free the Nipple” folks an irresistible rallying point. As long as there are arrests they will provoke the police and the citizens to make the pointless arrests.
The claim that “female toplessness isn’t appropriate because there were small children at the beach” is but laughable. Small children, especially, should be familiar with female breasts. IF not their mothers must have been negligent. Please don’t try to blame these stupid arrests on small children. They are innocent in every respect.
This is just going to make Laconia look silly and pathetic — and I like Laconia too much to see that happen.