Panel Backs Bill To Keep Presidential Orders From Restricting NH Gun Rights

Panel Backs Bill To Keep Presidential Orders From Restricting NH Gun Rights

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee met Wednesday with some members in the Legislative Office Building and others attending remotely. This photo shows the hearing room and Rep. Laura Pantelakos, D-Portsmouth, at right, and Rep. Debra Altschiller, D-Stratham below. By NANCY WEST, InDepthNH.org A House committee voted in favor of a bill that Republicans tout as prohibiting the state from enforcing any Presidential executive order that would restrict people’s gun rights, while Democrats call it an unconstitutional threat to public safety that could cost the state federal funds. The vote on Senate Bill 154, which has passed the Senate, before the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Wednesday was 11 to 10 along party lines. Rep. David Meuse, D-Portsmouth, said he opposed an amendment and the bill itself, warning committee members that “ghost guns” are an increasing problem. “They are untraceable and really put law enforcement over a barrel… These are guns that empower people that we don’t necessarily want to empower in society like militias and white supremacy groups,” Meuse said. “Anybody who wants to buy a gun legally can buy a gun in New Hampshire. It’s not an issue,” Meuse said. House Majority Leader Jason Osborne, R-Auburn, said after the vote: “After much discussion in Washington over the last few months about Executive Orders that would severely restrict our Second Amendments rights, it is abundantly clear that something has to be done. These potential Executive Orders, or any laws enacted by Congress, would impede […]

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