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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Republican state lawmaker who challenged a ban on carrying weapons inside of Representatives Hall and adjacent rooms at the State House in Concord. The justices did not, however, overturn the ban, instead sending the case back to a lower court.

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SIG Sauer is facing another lawsuit over allegations its popular P320 pistol fired without a trigger pull, causing serious injuries to a New Hampshire man.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the legislature can ban firearms from Representatives Hall at the State House.

The ban has been a partisan issue that's varied over the years as the makeup of the House has shifted. It was reinstated last year by the current Democratic majority, under House Speaker Steve Shurtleff.

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New Hampshire is moving closer to allowing police or family members to petition a court to temporarily take away guns from people who may present a danger to themselves or others.

As the legislative session got underway Wednesday, the House voted 201-176 to make New Hampshire the 18th state to pass a so-called "red flag" law.

TSA

The TSA says a New Hampshire man was caught trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane at Boston's Logan International Airport.

Transportation Security Administration officers spotted the .45-caliber handgun when the man's belongings entered the X-ray machine on Monday.

The gun was loaded with one bullet in the chamber. An additional magazine was also found. In all, there were 14 bullets.

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Some Democrats in the statehouse want to make it easier to sue local gun ranges for noise violations. 

The proposed bill would repeal a 2004 law that grants gun ranges broad immunity from lawsuits, as long as they follow local noise ordinances that were already in place when the range opened. 

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The Hampstead School District has approved a ban on guns inside its schools.

 

The policy goes into effect immediately. Only police officers will be allowed to carry guns inside school buildings or on school buses.

 

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with the Hampstead Superintendent Earl Metzler about why school officials decided to create this policy.

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Saying they would not "prevent evil individuals from doing harm," Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed three gun bills Friday.

Gun control advocates were calling on the governor to sign them into law, and to take action after last weekend's mass shootings.

New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced at a press briefing today that his office would not file charges against three Belmont police officers who shot and killed a man in June.

(Scroll down to read the AG's report on the investigation.)

MacDonald said the use of deadly force by Belmont Police Officers Kristopher Kloetz, Patrick Riley, and Evan Boulanger against 45-year-old Michael Sheehan was legally justified.

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In the wake of this weekend’s mass shootings, gun-control advocates in New Hampshire are calling on Chris Sununu to sign off on three gun-related bills.

During a rally today in Concord, supporters said the measures are the bare minimum the governor could do, but opponents say the laws are misguided.

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Two gun control bills are on their way to New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who is likely to veto them.

The House voted Thursday to go along with the Senate's changes to a pair of gun-related bills. One would impose a three-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a gun. Opponents have called it an attack on gun shows and auctions, but supporters say creating a buffer between impulse and action could prevent violence and suicide.

The other bill would require background checks for all firearms sales or transfers.

N.H. Senate Passes Three Gun-Related Bills

May 23, 2019
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Democrats in the state Senate passed three bills Thursday they contend will reduce gun violence in New Hampshire.

 

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Three bills aimed at tightening New Hampshire's gun laws were heard by a New Hampshire Senate committee today. The hearing revealed a sharp divide on policies that may get decided by Governor Chris Sununu.

One bill would mandate background checks on all gun sales; another would create a seven-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm.

The third would limit the carrying of firearms on school property to law enforcement, members of the military and those authorized by the local school board. 

Conversations About Guns

Apr 12, 2019

This week for our ongoing series Only in New Hampshire, we answer a listener's question about gun laws in New Hampshire. 

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Court officials in Germany announced Wednesday that Ron Cohen, CEO of Newington-based gun maker SIG Sauer, will avoid jail time for his role in an illegal shipment of 38,000 pistols sent to Colombia.

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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. 

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The New Hampshire House approved several bills Tuesday aimed at tightening the rules on gun purchases in the state, a dramatic shift in a state known to have some of the least restrictive laws in the country.

Supporters in the Democratically-controlled body voted 199-147 in favor of a bill that would mandate a seven-day waiting period on gun sales. The House also approved a bill 203-148 that requires criminal background checks on commercial sales and a seven-day waiting period for gun purchases.

The bills now go to the Democratically-controlled Senate.

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A gun owner is alleging that New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer, one of the country’s largest gun makers, sold hundreds of thousands of faulty pistols that could fire without pulling the trigger. 

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.

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Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect the fact that Rep. Mark Vallone spoke in support of the bill, not against it. 

The New Hampshire House approved a bill Wednesday that aims to restrict guns in schools. The measure forbids carrying a firearm in so-called school safe zones which includes school property.

Earlier this month the bill was the subject of heated testimony and the debate Wednesday on the House floor was no different.

Robert Garrova

Lawmakers heard public testimony Wednesday on two bills which would regulate firearms in New Hampshire schools.

 

One bill would prohibit carrying a gun in so-called school safe zones. A separate bill would allow individual school districts to regulate firearms and knives.

 

House Education Committee members heard hours of testimony on the two bills, with opponents contending the measures would render parents or educators defenseless in the event of a school shooting.

 

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives is now a gun-free zone.

The new Democratic majority led an effort Wednesday to ban deadly weapons from the House chamber - the largest public space at the State House - and in surrounding rooms. The vote was 220 to 163, marking one of the first pieces of official business this session.

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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

In one of his first major acts as House Speaker, Democrat Steve Shurtleff will try to bring back a ban on weapons inside the House chamber.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage's daughter has been hired by the National Rifle Association as its new state director for Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Lauren LePage previously attended the University of Maine School of Law and worked on President Donald Trump's campaign in Maine before managing Republican Shawn Moody's 2018 unsuccessful run for governor.

City of Portsmouth

A former Portsmouth police commissioner is facing felony charges for her role in an August shooting.

Brenna Cavanaugh, who spent four years on the commission before stepping down last year, was indicted by a grand jury for attempted first degree assault and criminal mischief.  

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A middle school student in Seabrook has been criminally charged for making threats to "shoot up" his school.

The students' peers first reported the threats on Friday. On Monday, SAU 21 Superintendent Bill Lupini says that students returned with more detailed and serious reports.

School officials say they do not believe the school was in danger, but the student is not attending classes.

Police say the students' name and many details - including plans for returning to school - cannot be released because of juvenile privacy rules.

On Oct. 1, it will be illegal in Vermont to possess bump stocks — a device that attaches to a semi-automatic weapon to speed up the rate it fires.

And starting Monday, Sept. 17, the Vermont State Police will accept bump stocks from residents who voluntarily turn them over.

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At the entrance to John Stark Regional High School in Weare, there’s a big sign that reads: “Premises under video surveillance.”

Principal Christopher Corkery is showing me into the school lobby. On the ceiling are black half-domes with cameras inside.

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Students in Parkland, Florida started school today six months after a shooter killed 14 of their classmates and 3 adult teachers and coaches. A group of  teenagers from around New Hampshire spent the day rallying for gun control measures in their own state. 

The 25 students, who held a press conference followed by a march around the State House this morning, are part of what they call the "lockdown generation" -- kids who have grown up preparing for the possibility of a mass school shooting. 

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