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Libertarians gather for 16th annual PorcFest

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Porcupine Freedom Festival, or PorcFest, may be the largest gathering of libertarians in North America. At their yearly festival, one can purchase "Porc"-themed apparel, attend talks with prominent libertarians, purchase hemp-infused pretzels (their baker swears they're better than Aunt Annie's), and free carry semi-automatic guns and rifles. Constitutional carry was legalized in New Hampshire in 2017.

PorcFest is hosted by the Free State Project, which aims to relocate enough libertarians to New Hampshire to influence state laws and them more libertarian-friendly. " you get enough people who love liberty in a single state then you can affect voting outcomes in the State Legislature" Jeffery Tucker, the editorial director of the American Institute for Economic Research, told NBC5.

At PorcFest, it doesn't take very long to find Free Staters who've been elected to the New Hampshire State Legislature. State Rep. Andrew Prout (R-Hillsborough-37) told NBC5 that, since being elected in 2016, he's been struggling to enact libertarian ideals in Concord. "One of the big obstacles, of course, is the machinery of government itself," he said.

Many libertarians are quick to point out that they don't all identify as Republicans. Christopher Waid, a Free Stater who moved to Keene, New Hampshire from New Jersey, told NBC5 that New Hampshire has "around 20 representatives in the State House that have been elected that are libertarian." Under present regulations, he pointed out, candidates in New Hampshire cannot be elected as libertarian directly, but rather have been elected as both Democrats and Republicans.

PorcFest's aims to bring libertarians from across the world together. At least one attendee flew in from Australia specifically for the event. "You're immediately a part of a community, and people in the Free State movement really care about each other" Tucker said.

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