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Reexamining New Hampshire’s “Stand Your Ground” Law.


The Granite State recently joined the growing ranks of states that have adopted this approach to self defense, which allows the use of deadly force anywhere a person has a right to be. But it has come under national scrutiny following the shooting death of a Florida teenager. We’ll explore the issues surrounding this law with its supporters and critics.


  • Rep. David Welch – Republican State Representative from Kingston and member of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
  • Sen. Matthew Houde – Democratic State Senator from Meriden and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


  • Sergio Bustos– State and Politics Editor for the Miami Herald.   
  • Richard Crate– Enfield Chief of Police.
  • Richard Feldman– Former lobbyist, regional political director of the NRA, and author of  “RICOCHET, Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist.”


Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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