Gun Laws en The Sidebar: Poll Finds Strong Support for Medicaid Expansion, Gun Background Checks <p>A bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid that is scheduled for a vote in the New Hampshire Senate this week has strong support from Granite Staters, according to a new poll.</p><p>New England College asked 774 registered voters if they would support a proposal backed by Gov. Maggie Hassan and a majority in the New Hampshire Senate “to extend private insurance to low-income residents, without passing the cost of coverage on to businesses.”</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:10:13 +0000 Brian Wallstin 44463 at News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire lawmakers are mulling two bills that would expand background checks for gun purchases.</span></p><p>The House is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that would require private sellers to conduct sales through licensed firearm dealers who, under federal law, must perform background checks on prospective buyers.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:05:22 +0000 Brian Wallstin 43381 at News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse House Bill Would Restrict Public's Access To Gun Permit Records <p></p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">bill</a> before the House Judiciary Committee would exempt gun permit records from the state’s right-to-know law.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:43:19 +0000 Michael Brindley 42329 at House Bill Would Restrict Public's Access To Gun Permit Records Background Check 'Compromise' Draws Fire From All Sides <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In the wake of the Newtown shootings, policy makers in New Hampshire and around the country asked themselves if there are policies that need changing. And one area where compromise seemed plausible was improving mental health reporting in background checks.</p><p>That was the subject of a bill before a state Senate committee today.</p><p>However, the proposal ultimately united groups --- ranging from the Second Amendment Sisters to the Disabilities Rights Center -- in opposition.</p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:30:54 +0000 Emily Corwin 41842 at Background Check 'Compromise' Draws Fire From All Sides Stand Your Ground Loses Ground <p>Stand your ground - the controversial gun law that passed last year removed the obligation that a person first consider retreating before using deadly force in a public place. Last week, the New Hampshire house narrowly voted to repeal the law, but this effort faces a steep challenge in the Senate, while the&nbsp; national debate over gun laws continues.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 24608 at Stand Your Ground Loses Ground New Hampshire’s Gun Debate: How We Got Here <p>As part of NHPR’s series, <em>A Loaded Issue</em>, we take a historical look at our attitudes toward firearms that have shaped our laws then and now. &nbsp;A libertarian streak, along with a rural hunting culture in the Live Free or Die state, has meant few restrictions on firearms.&nbsp; But new arrivals have brought changing attitudes towards guns.</p><p></p><p><strong>GUESTS:</strong></p><p><strong>Andy Smith- </strong>Director of UNH Survey Center and Associate Professor of Political Science.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:36:18 +0000 Laura Knoy 21956 at New Hampshire’s Gun Debate: How We Got Here N.H. Sets Record For Background Checks During Manchester Gun Show <p>A large turnout to a gun show in Manchester last weekend led to the state setting another high for background checks for handgun sales in a single day.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire State Police conducted 611 background checks for handgun sales on Saturday.</span></p><p>Sgt. Sean Haggerty says that’s the most ever for a single day in New Hampshire. Saturday was the first day of a weekend gun show in Manchester.</p><p>On Sunday, state police responded to 233 requests for background checks.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:49:20 +0000 Michael Brindley 20270 at N.H. Sets Record For Background Checks During Manchester Gun Show Grappling over Gun Laws <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">We wrap up our three-day series on possible lessons from the Newtown shootings, with a look at some of the battles brewing over gun control and gun rights. President Obama has said he’ll do what it takes to curb gun violence. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:04:19 +0000 Laura Knoy 19988 at Grappling over Gun Laws Democrats Move To Ban Guns In N.H. House <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The rules committee of the New Hampshire House has voted to reinstate a ban on guns in the House chamber. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:03:47 +0000 Josh Rogers 18875 at Democrats Move To Ban Guns In N.H. House Will Politics Influence Gun Laws? <P>At an interfaith vigil last night, President Obama offered the love and prayers of the nation to community members in Newtown, Connecticut. The President also promised political action designed to prevent future tragedies, saying our society will be judged by how we care for our children.&nbsp; For the Obama administration, it was a timely but vague first foray into the gun control debate.&nbsp;</P> <P> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:26:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18610 at Will Politics Influence Gun Laws? How North Country Reps Voted On Gun Bills <p>As reported by<a href="">&nbsp;NHPR&nbsp;</a>the Senate recently delayed action on three gun bills.</p><p>The bills had already passed the House.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s how sixteen representatives from the North Country voted&nbsp;before&nbsp;the bills went to the Senate.</p><p><strong><a href="">House Bill 536</a>,&nbsp;</strong>which would allow carrying a concealed&nbsp;gun without getting a special permit.</p><p>It passed 193 &ndash; 122.</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:34:31 +0000 Chris Jensen 1596 at How North Country Reps Voted On Gun Bills Senate Puts the Brakes on Looser Gun Laws <p>After hearing nearly four hours of public testimony, a senate committee set aside&nbsp;a trio of bills that would loosen gun laws.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="">first </a>bill&nbsp;would give the legislature the exclusive power to prohibit guns on public property &ndash; like colleges and the state-house.&nbsp;That would mean that if UNH wanted such a restriction, it would have to get lawmakers to agree.</p><p>For Ed Mackay, the chancellor of the University of New Hampshire system, that&rsquo;s not a good recipe.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 21:48:41 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 1577 at Senate Puts the Brakes on Looser Gun Laws A Safeway in Arizona <p>Reporter and author Tom Zoellner claims the Tucson shooting of last year is more than a random act by a mentally ill aggressor - but stems instead from a larger culture of violence in Arizona.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:57:56 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1361 at A Safeway in Arizona Let 'Er Rip: NH Legislature Kicks Off New Session <p>By Wednesday night, the New Hampshire Statehouse might have been an afterthought....lost in the glare of the Republican presidential candidates.<br /><br />But earlier in the day, <em>New Hampshire</em> politicians flexed their rhetorical muscles, jockeying for higher ground as the next legislative session kicked off.<br /><a href=""></a></p><p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:40:00 +0000 1204 at Second Amendment Protests at PSU Get Strong Reaction <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Two men who had threatened to bring guns onto Plymouth State University&rsquo;s campus triggered strong reactions from members of the campus community.</p><p>The anti-gun-law protesters who accompanied the men sang songs, and engaged onlookers in conversations about the right to bear arms.</p><p>Student Alex Cabeceiras says that he thinks no-one on campus took part in the protest.</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:20:30 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 826 at Second Amendment Protests at PSU Get Strong Reaction