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Morning Edition
10:22 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Stand Your Ground Equals More Gun Deaths?

In 2011, New Hampshire lawmakers passed the so-called Stand Your Ground Law. The state has seen controversy over the law, with some calling for its repeal. Many states have had similar laws on the books for years now, and we talked with Associate Professor Mark Hoekstra of Texas A&M University about research on trends in those states. I started by asking him what the research specifically looked at.

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NH News
9:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

For Self Defense Or Because I Can? Open Carry in N.H.

Emily Corwin NHPR

 You need a license to carry a loaded gun either in your car, or concealed on your body, in the state of New Hampshire. To  carry a loaded gun out in the open, you don’t need a license at all. That makes New Hampshire one of 28 states that allow so-called “open carry” to just about anyone, no permit or license needed. As part of our series A Loaded Issue, we visited an  Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms night at Twins Smoke Shop in Hooksett. 

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Discussion Question: Should N.H. Repeal Its 'Stand Your Ground' Law?

As part of NHPR's news series, A Loaded Issue, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about gun ownership, laws governing guns, and the culture here.

Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air.

Today's Question:  Should N.H. Repeal Its 'Stand Your Ground' Law?

Please include your first name and your hometown.

A Loaded Issue
5:30 am
Wed February 13, 2013

N.H. Rural Gun Owners Buck National Trends

Nancy Chaddock at her home in Hill, NH. Chaddock, who does not own a gun herself, is not bothered by the many gun owners who live around her.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

For many rural residents of New Hampshire, owning a gun is not a political statement; it’s a tool, or a form of recreation. Even for some non-gun-owning neighbors, the idea that others have guns for hunting or target shooting is pretty non-controversial. And what’s more, the data available indicate that in New Hampshire that rural gun-culture only seems to be growing.

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A Loaded Issue
5:08 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Which State Has The Most Machine Guns Per Capita? New Hampshire

The number of machine guns still in circulation is small compared to handguns or rifles, but federal data shows that New Hampshire is home to more machine guns per capita than any other state – about 9800 registered machine guns in all, or 7.47 machine guns per 1000 people.

Reporter Jim Haddadin wrote about this distinction for Foster’s Daily Democrat. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what he found.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Study Finds N.H. Faces $1.3B Backlog To Repair Roads, Bridges

A new report finds New Hampshire is facing a significant funding shortfall to maintain its roads, highways and bridges.

The state is facing a backlog of $1.3 billion to repair all state-maintained roads, highways and bridges.

That is according to the report issued Tuesday by TRIP, a national transportation research group.

Director of Research and Policy Frank Moretti says 37 percent of the state’s roads and highways are in poor condition.

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NH News
4:07 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Anti-Northern Pass Bills Get Their Day Before The Legislature

The green shirts of the IBEW members outnumbered the orange of Northern Pass opponents in the somewhat empty chamber of the House o Representatives Tuesday
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

A New Hampshire house committee is hearing testimony on five bills inspired by opposition to the Northern Pass Transmission Project today. Three bills of the bills in question could require new transmission lines be buried, or placed along transportation rights-of-way. Others would create a moratorium on new projects, or require the state officials to consider the economic impact on local communities in the permitting process.

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NH News
3:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lawmakers Urged To Repeal 2013 Provisions Of Voter ID Law

Credit Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

  A bill that would repeal provisions of the state’s voter ID law set to take effect this year had a hearing before the House election committee Tuesday.

Sarah Chapman has been supervisor of the checklist in New Boston for 29 years.

She told the House election committee that training an all-volunteer staff to implement the initial requirements of New Hampshire’s voter ID law was challenging enough.

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NH News
1:51 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Your Guide To Gun Laws in NH, VT and MA

Credit Emily Corwin and Sara Plourde / NHPR

New Hampshire is bordered by Vermont, which has the least gun regulation in the nation -- and Massachusetts, which has some of the tightest gun restrictions around.  After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, we put together this infographic, exploring the diversity of gun laws among our neighbors. 

[Note: While the information has not changed, some of the wording has been updated for better clarity. Click the image to read at full size.]

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Morning Edition
9:25 am
Tue February 12, 2013

An Officer's Perspective

Credit WMUR-TV

As part of NHPR’s series A Loaded Issue, we’re talking with Granite Staters to get their thoughts about gun ownership, laws, and culture. Today we’ll get a glimpse of law enforcement from a unique perspective.

Manchester Police Officer Daniel Doherty is back at work, less than eleven months after being shot multiple times while attempting to apprehend a suspect. That suspect, Myles Webster, is now serving 60 years to life for attempted murder. As someone who patrols the state’s largest city, I asked Officer Doherty what the official procedure is when a suspect has a gun.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Discussion Question: How Should Guns Be Stored?

As part of NHPR's news series, A Loaded Issue, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about gun ownership, laws governing guns, and the culture here.

Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air.

Today's Question:  New Hampshire does not have any laws requiring guns to be locked in a home, should there be?  If you’re a gun owner, parent or not, how should guns be stored? 

Please include your first name and your hometown.

A Loaded Issue
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Commitment Issues: Guns & The Mentally Ill

Federal Firearms Transaction Record, Form 4473

There’s a form to fill out when you purchase a firearm at a gun shop: Form 4473. On page 1, question 11-F, “Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective or committed to a mental institution?”

Stan Holz, owner of Village Gun Store in the town of Whitefield, knows that not everyone answers truthfully.

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A Loaded Issue
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Keeping Guns Loaded, Unlocked At Home With Children Can Be Deadly

Michael Goyette, owner of Pete's Gun and Tackle in Hudson, shows the SpeedVault, a device for home gun storage.

For parents, keeping guns in the home means taking steps to make sure children can’t get to them.

But as recent cases in New Hampshire show, things can go wrong. The results can be tragic, but also raise questions of how hard law enforcement should come down on those parents.

Sonja Smock vividly remembers the details of the night nearly two years ago when her daughter accidentally shot her.

The gun was a Smith and Wesson 38 Special Revolver.

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All Things Considered
5:36 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Next Pope May Need To Hear Broad Range Of Catholic Voices, Scholar Says

St. Peter's Basilica.
Credit jimmyharris via Flickr/CC - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmyharris/2612574857/in/photostream/

Pope Benedict’s surprise announcement that he would leave his post at the end of the month is prompting plenty of reflection on his papacy and the state of the Church among Catholics, from clergy to laypersons to scholars.

Michele Dillon is such a scholar. She's a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire and has written extensively about Catholicism, both in the US and in the rest of the world. She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the pope's tenure and what may come next for the Catholic Church.

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A Loaded Issue
5:13 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

High-Profile Moments Affect New Hampshire's Political Consensus On Guns

In most cases, New Hampshire’s representatives in Congress have kept the state’s more open approach to gun ownership and gun rights during debates in Washington. There are exceptions, though, and they may tell us something about the state's role in today’s high profile national debate over gun violence.

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