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CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today denounced state lawmakers for voting in favor of Senate Bill 12, a bill that would allow violent criminals to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public. The bill passed out of the Senate by a vote of 13-10 and now moves on to the House. Last year, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed similar legislation. Members of the New Hampshire chapter of Moms Demand Action came to the State House Thursday morning to express their opposition to the legislation.
STATEMENT FROM DEIDRE REYNOLDS, VOLUNTEER AND CHAPTER LEADER WITH THE NEW HAMPSHIRE CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“At a time when New Hampshire faces so many challenges, it’s truly deplorable that a narrow majority of state senators would prioritize a reckless bill like SB 12. Permitless carry is opposed by nearly three quarters of Granite State voters, including 73 percent of gun owners. Those elected officials who today voted to remove law enforcement’s ability to stop known dangerous people from carrying hidden, loaded firearms in public places are out of touch with their constituents. New Hampshire’s concealed carry system has existed for nearly a century. By moving forward with the legislation, a slight majority of our state senators have put the interests of the national gun lobby ahead of public safety.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs