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N.H. Debates Gun Background Checks & Waiting Periods

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. 


  • Ralph Demicco - Former owner of Riley's Sport Shop in Hooksett, a store that sells guns and ammunition. He has been active in the N.H. Firearms Safety Coalition and is co-founder of the Gun Shop Project, a team of  gun owners and public health experts that worked to  prevent gun suicides. 
  • Joe Hannon -  A board member of Gun Owners of New Hampshire, an NRA affiliated group, and former state representative for Barrington and Lee.  He is also a retired doctor of podiatric medicine. 
  • Zandra Rice Hawkins - Executive Director of Granite State Progress, a group that advocates on behalf of such issues as gun control. 
  • Ken Norton - Excecutive director of the N.H. chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness. 

This show discusses suicide in the context of gun violence. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or needs help, there are resources available.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • A free, 24/7 confidential service that can provide people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, or those around them, with support, information, and local resources.

 The Veterans Crisis Line and Military Crisis Line  — 1-800-273-8255, Press 1

  • The Veterans Crisis Line and Military Crisis Line connect veterans and service members in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

 Crisis Text Line — 741-741

  • This free text-message service provides 24/7 support to those in crisis. Text 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor right away.

Resources courtsey of reportingonsuicide.org.

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