Gun control likely to come up again in next legislative session

Gun control likely to come up again in next legislative session

Gun Rights

MANCHESTER, N.H. — People on both sides of the issue of gun control say the issue will likely come up again in New Hampshire’s next legislative session. Two gun bills were rejected in the last session. One would have banned bump stock devices, while the other would have allowed people to carry guns on college campuses. In the wake of several mass shootings across the country this year, proposals were made in many states to tighten gun control. In New Hampshire, firearms advocates argue that there’s no need to restrict guns. "We’ve seen around the country that gun-free zones cost lives," said Alan Rice, president of the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition. "These mass shootings that we’re seeing are taking place in areas where state laws prohibit the carrying of firearms." Rice said he sees 2019 as an opportunity for improvement. "We currently license firearms dealers, which we believe is duplicitous because there’s a federal law that already does that, so why are we wasting state and local resources?" he said. The state has a law that bans cities and towns from regulating guns, but that hasn’t stopped some communities from passing their own ordinances. A bill was defeated this year that would have penalized local officials for violating the law. Rice said he wants to see the proposal brought back next year. "You need uniform laws across the state so people know what they can and cannot do," he said. Others are pushing for legislation that they said would […]

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