Editorial: Support grows in New Hampshire for banning guns in schools

Editorial: Support grows in New Hampshire for banning guns in schools

Gun Rights

At the Legislative Office Building in Concord, N.H., on Monday, August 5, 2019, a crowd came to hear speakers and lend their voices calling for Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to sign several gun control measures in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend. (Concord Monitor – Geoff Forester) Sometimes stating the obvious is not only appropriate, doing so is an affirmative duty. Such was the case in January when the New Hampshire School Boards Association declared that guns have no place in schools. As staff writer Tim Camerato reported last week, delegates at the association’s annual assembly voted 45-4 to back measures “to restrict possession of firearms on school property to authorized law enforcement personnel only.” Last month’s vote now aligns the school boards association with the state’s largest teachers union, NEA-NH, and the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, which is backing a bill now pending in the New Hampshire House that would ban carrying a firearm on school property. Its president, Hanover Police Chief Charlie Dennis, told Camerato, “Our view of this is that it is a common-sense safety bill.” Unfortunately, nonsense more often than common sense governs the gun safety debate in New Hampshire, as elsewhere in the nation. Thus we expect vehement opposition, including from Gov. Chris Sununu, to that bill, which would make it a class A misdemeanor to knowingly carry a firearm on public school property, including buildings, grounds, school buses and vans. Exemptions would be granted to people picking […]

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