Gun Control

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 3, 2019

May 2, 2019

New Hampshire lawmakers consider three gun control bills which may have traction in a democratically-controlled legislature. Fingerprint recognition and DNA kits are becoming common;  should we be concerned about how our "biometric" information is being used? Senator Shaheen reintroduces a bill in Congress on PFAS health effects. And we get a personal look at how working at Pease can affect your health. 


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A bill to restrict guns on school grounds passed the House on Thursday in a mostly partisan vote.

Under the proposed rules, anyone carrying a gun on school property or school buses would be fined and charged with a misdemeanor unless they're a member of the military or a law enforcement or school resource officer.

Dan Tuohy/NHPR

Two gun-related topics debated in the legislature recently raised longstanding, familiar arguments.  But with Democrats in power at the Statehouse, these bills have advanced. Meanwhile, Governor Sununu has said the state's gun laws are fine as is, so their future is uncertain even if they make it through the Senate. Activists on both sides of this issue are also watching the national debate, with the U.S. House of Representatives recently passing the first major gun-control bills in decades. 

This show discusses suicide in the context of gun violence. Scroll down for resources. 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

 

New Hampshire lawmakers aren't ready to move forward with a bill to make it easier to take guns away from people in danger of harming themselves or others.

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday voted to retain a bill that would allow family members or law enforcement officers to seek a court order restricting gun access to those posing an immediate risk to themselves or public safety.

Robert Garrova

Lawmakers in Concord heard hours of testimony on a so-called “red flag” gun control bill Tuesday. The measure would temporarily prohibit firearm possession for up to one year for people considered to be a risk to themselves or others.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

The 2019 legislative session begins Wednesday with a vote on gun control in the New Hampshire State House.

The House, which is newly controlled by Democrats - will vote on whether to pass a ban on bringing guns into Representatives Hall