New Hampshire kills anti-gun bills while constitutional carry bill scheduled for vote

Two gun control bills were voted down in committee by New Hampshire lawmakers Tuesday, while the state’s constitutional carry bill is scheduled for a vote Thursday in the House of Representatives.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted to kill House Bills 2o1 and 350 Tuesday, but the NRA-ILA reports the bills still may be contested on the House floor.

HB 201, sponsored by Democrat Rep. Katherine Rogers, would expand background checks for all gun transfers and sales. Individuals would have to request a background check from a licensed firearm dealer before transferring a firearm, with limited exceptions.

HB 350, sponsored by a trio of Democrats, would revoke the right of individuals to carry a gun while voting. If enacted, it would be a felony to carry a gun into a polling place and could result in up to seven years in prison.

While the aforementioned bills were shot down in committee, many are eagerly awaiting the full House of Representatives vote, scheduled for Thursday, on the most recent constitutional carry bill, Senate Bill 12.

Sponsored by Sen. Jeb Bradley, SB 12 would repeal the license requirement to carry a concealed handgun. For lawful gun owners who still choose to obtain a license, the bill would increase the amount of time for which the license is valid.

Former New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed similar constitutional carry bills in the past, but current Gov. Chris Sununu released a statement last month in support of the bill.