Gun legislation: Crowded hearings, divided opinions on proposals in NH Senate

Gun legislation: Crowded hearings, divided opinions on proposals in NH Senate

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PAULA TRACY PHOTO. Gregory Montgomery of Manchester testifies with state Rep. Katherine Rogers, D-Concord, behind him, on gun legislation Tuesday. CONCORD, N.H. – 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 on Tuesday. Testimony was divided between those who called these “common sense” measures that 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. For hours, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee 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,” Lasky said. The measures, she argued, “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. Background checks House Bill 109 would require background checks for private firearms sales and transfers. Prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Katherine Rogers, D-Concord, said there are […]

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