Divided opinions in Concord on gun legislation

Divided opinions in Concord on gun legislation

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Gregory Montgomery of Manchester testifies on gun legislation Tuesday, with Rep. Katherine Rogers (D-Concord) behind him. Rogers sponsored House Bill 109, which would require background checks for private firearms sales and transfers. (PAULA TRACY PHOTO) CONCORD — Three gun bills aimed at closing loopholes for gun sales, imposing waiting periods for such purchases and banning guns in safe-school zones brought out large crowds on both sides of the issue Tuesday. Testimony was divided between those who called these “commonsense” measures the state should take to protect its citizens and those who consider them “destructive” efforts to limit rights under the Second Amendment. All three bills previously passed the House. 300×250 image ad For hours, Senate Judiciary Committee members heard the bills after similarly packed public hearings in the House during the winter. Bette Lasky, a former state senator from Nashua, spoke in favor of all three bills saying she grieves for communities impacted by gun violence. “In no way do I see these bills as infringing on Second Amendment rights,” she said. The measures “strike a balance between what is reasonable … It is about protection of our citizens. If it protects one life and saves one family the grief … then you will have done a really good thing,” Lasky said. But Lauren LePage of the National Rifle Association opposed all of the legislation. Background checks will not prevent criminals from obtaining firearms, LePage said. House Bill 109 would require background checks for private firearms sales and transfers.Rep. […]

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