New Hampshire

New Hampshire Dems Want School Districts to Regulate Firearms by Charles Yeganian

Since 2011, the state of New Hampshire has had authority over the sale, ownership, use, possession and permitting of all firearms in the state. However, this new bill would redistribute some of that power to individual school districts and allow them to enforce gun-free zones.

Currently, HB 101 is in the Committee on Education in the House of Representatives. After a public hearing on the bill, the Committee on Education will vote on whether it should pass, would be inexpedient to legislate or should be studied further.

College Democrats president Gigi Gunderson ’21 said she supports the bill.

“This bill comes at a pertinent time in the question of the tension between common sense gun regulation and personal gun ownership, especially in a state like New Hampshire where the culture is ‘Live Free or Die,’” Gunderson said. “We continue to support policies that make our schools and New Hampshire residents safer.”

Schools Would be Able to Ban Guns Under New Hampshire HB 101 by Charles Yeganian

New Hampshire Democrats have proposed legislation that would give districts the ability to make schools gun-free zones. From Tim Camerato, Valley News:

“The minute you let someone into the building with a gun, with a visual gun, these kids, who have no idea whether they’re looking at a good guy with a gun or a bad guy with a gun, are terrorized,” said State Rep. Susan Ford, D-Easton, a retired school principal who supports the bill.

Ford said children are used to seeing police officers with guns, but members of the public openly carrying through hallways would cause students to fear an imminent school shooting.

Democrats have control of both chambers of the state legislature, but may face a veto from Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. LEAP Forward is tracking action on HB 101 and will be grading actions in support of the bill.

New Hampshire Democrats Introduce Two Gun Regulation Bills by Charles Yeganian

HB 101 would allow a school district to adopt and enforce gun-free zones. Current state law gives the state Legislature exclusive control over gun-related legislation and restrictions, forbidding any local ordinances on the subject.

HB 101 would carve out an exemption from that law for school districts, administrative units or chartered public schools.

Sen. Martha Hennessey, D-Hanover, tried unsuccessfully to introduce such a bill last year, in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, but failed in party-line votes.

HB 109, which includes Hennessey as a Senate sponsor, would require background checks for all commercial firearms sales, including gun shows, in an attempt to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”

LEAP Forward is tracking both these bills and will be grading support for both.