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7:35 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

N.H. Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Reject More Background Checks For Gun Sales

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The New Hampshire House voted in a nearly a 2-1 margin to reject a bill to require criminal background checks on all commercial firearm sales.

Prior to the vote, Republican John Burt from Goffstown, argued that requiring criminal background checks would be a waste of time.

“All this bill is going to do is interrupt law-abiding citizens, that’s all any gun legislation does, because the criminal will always have his gun,” Burt said yesterday.

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Politics
8:05 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Expanding Background Checks For Gun Sales

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  The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hear arguments Thursday on a bill that would expand background checks for gun sales in the state.

The bill, sponsored by five Democratic representatives and one Republican senator, would require all commercial sales or transfers use a licensed firearms dealer. Licensed dealers are required to vet buyers through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. But sales at gun shows or through personal ads are currently possible without background checks.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

The Debate About Carrying Concealed Firearms In N.H.

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With a new bill addressing how Granite Staters are allowed to carry a concealed gun, many are tapping in to the perennial conversation about concealed versus open carry. And while the right to bear arms is well-established in New Hampshire, there’s still debate about the who, where, and how when it comes to firearms.

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Morning Edition
8:27 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Sen. Bradley: Repealing Concealed Carry Permit Requirement Will Make N.H. Safer

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley
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The Senate Judiciary committee is expected to hear testimony Thursday afternoon on a bill that would repeal the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed gun.

The hearing is likely to draw a large crowd of gun rights advocates and those who have concerns about loosening the state’s firearms regulations.

Wolfeboro Republican and Senate Majority Leader Jed Bradley is the bill’s prime sponsor.

He joined Morning Edition to talk about his proposal.

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Politics
11:08 am
Wed January 7, 2015

N.H. Legislators Can Once Again Carry Concealed Weapons On House Floor

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Legislators can again carry concealed weapons on the floor of the N.H. House and in the legislative office building after the Republicans-led house voted to undo a prohibition on the practice put in place two years ago by Democrats.

The 228-149 vote came following a debate where Democrats like Len DiSesa, former deputy police chief in Portsmouth, argued allowing guns in the chamber risks public safety.

“The only people who should be armed in the House of Representatives are trained police officers.”

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NH News
5:22 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Manchester Tackling Gun And Gang Crime With Outreach And Tough Penalties

From right Chief David Mara, U.S. District Attorney John Kacavas, N.H. Attorney General Joe Foster and Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance.
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The Manchester Police Department has announced the formation of a multi-agency collaboration to tackle gun and gang-related crime in the city.

  The group was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from a federal Department of Justice program. The money will be used to increase patrols in high crime areas and parole check-ins with probationers and at-risk youth. Manchester Chief David Mara says a big part of this program is showing potential offenders that they mean business.

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NH News
3:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Giffords: Stronger Guns Law Will Protect Domestic Violence Victims

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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was in New Hampshire Wednesday pushing for stronger gun laws.

Giffords was shot in the head during a campaign event in 2011, and is in the midst of a nine-state tour. She says strengthening gun laws would protect victims of domestic violence.

She made stops in Manchester and Concord on behalf of Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Executive director Pia Carusone says keeping the state’s Congressional Democrats in office is critical to the organization’s cause.

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NH News
9:58 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Danville Police Chief Cleared Of Negligent Firearm Storage Charge

 A New Hampshire police chief has been cleared of a charge of negligently storing firearms at his home after a 15-year-old boy fatally shot himself there.

Judge Edwin Kelly found Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons not guilty on a charge that he failed to properly secure his service revolver in a bedroom closet.

Jacob Carver, the son of Parsons' girlfriend, used the handgun to kill himself on March 11, 2013.

NH News
4:44 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Mental Health Records-Gun Bill Dies In N.H. House

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The House has killed a bill that allowed people barred from buying guns for mental health reasons to prove to a judge they're capable of owning a firearm.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Sturm, Ruger Recalls Rifle For Trigger Issues

One year after its release, Newport-based firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger is recalling a popular rifle similar to the AR-15.  

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NH News
11:59 am
Wed February 12, 2014

House Lawmakers Kill Effort To Expand Gun Sale Background Checks

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House lawmakers have voted 242-118 to kill a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales in New Hampshire.

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News Primer
3:05 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse

New Hampshire lawmakers are mulling two bills that would expand background checks for gun purchases.

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.

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NH News
3:43 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

House Bill Would Restrict Public's Access To Gun Permit Records

A bill before the House Judiciary Committee would exempt gun permit records from the state’s right-to-know law.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Gun Rights Advocates Push Back Against Universal Background Checks Bill

Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, speaks in favor of a bill requiring universal background checks in New Hampshire.
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Gun rights advocates pushed back at a public hearing Tuesday against a bill that would require universal background checks for firearm sales in New Hampshire.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Background Check 'Compromise' Draws Fire From All Sides

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  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.

That was the subject of a bill before a state Senate committee today.

However, the proposal ultimately united groups --- ranging from the Second Amendment Sisters to the Disabilities Rights Center -- in opposition.

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NH News
5:29 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Bill Would Force N.H. To Report Mental Health Findings to Background Check Index

The bill aims to make it harder for New Hampshire residents with mental problems to acquire guns, and its dividing gun rights groups.

The proposal sponsored by Dover democratic Senator David Watters doesn’t tighten any gun laws.

Instead, it forces the state to share information regarding people who have been deemed incompetent by a court with the federal government.

N.H. is currently one of more than a dozen states that doesn’t share such mental health information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check index. 

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

On The Political Front For January 13

This week, the legislature returns and hears new bills. Up before the Senate judiciary committee are a proposal to establish domestic violence as a separate crime and one requiring certain persons with mental illness to be barred from owning guns and placed on a federal registry. On Thursday, the House holds its first hearing on a bill to repeal the death penalty.

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NH News
3:41 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

For Many N.H. Schools, Sandy Hook Brought Security Needs To Forefront

Elm Street Middle School Principal Mike Frederickson swipes his ID badge against the proximity reader to get into the Nashua school.
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Many schools in New Hampshire enhanced their security in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. a year ago.

Those new measures come at a big cost to school districts.

And they’re forcing school officials to decide what type of security works for their buildings and their communities.

Even the head of Nashua’s school district needs clearance before he’s allowed into any of the city’s 17 schools.

“Hi, Mr. Conrad. Left door,” the secretary inside Elm Street Middle School says over the intercom.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Guns And Gun Culture: One Year After Newtown

Gun rally at the New Hampshire Statehouse, 1/31/13
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The news was hard to fathom a year ago: twenty first graders and six educators shot to death during an ordinary school day in Newtown, Connecticut.  Afterward, the national soul-searching seemed to reach new depths, with President Obama insisting “these tragedies must end, and to end them we must change.”  At the time, polls showed a majority of Americans agreed some aspects of gun laws could be altered, expanding background checks, for instance.   But Washington lawmakers failed pass legislation, and the debate has since shifted to the states.  Both sides have scored victories in state leg

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NH News
10:57 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Manchester Police Weigh Charges After 5-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Self

Manchester police are still determining whether charges will be filed after a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot himself early Saturday morning.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Instagram: Hipster Photo Tool Turned Legal Gun Market

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As Instagram passes its third birthday, a small but growing community of users are beginning to utilize the website for the private exchange of goods. Two million of the site’s annual photo uploads are items being put up for sale, with the actual negotiations taking place via comment threads and private messages.

Among the many items being legally sold through Instagram are firearms.  Brian Ries is Senior Social Media Editor at The Daily Beast and joins us to explain.

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NH News
7:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Gun Enthusiasts Key To N.H. App Developer's Success

Alan started his business with antique firearms collectors in mind.
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Today, we wrap up our series The Download on New Hampshire’s App Economy with the profile of an independent developer.  In some ways, it’s a classic story: he left his full-time job to work on his program at home in Derry.  But  he’s anything but a stereotypical computer geek.

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Word of Mouth
12:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Is The Recall Going To Be 'The New Normal' In Politics?

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Congressional approval rating hit a new now of 10.5 percent this week. If you’ve found yourself yelling at the radio and TV news coverage of the government shutdown and plotting revenge at the next election, you may not have to wait until 2014.

Last month, two of Colorado’s Democratic state senators became targets of a successful recall after voting for more restrictive gun legislation, adding to the increasing number of recall campaigns launched over the past two years. 

Seth Masket is a political scientist at the University of Denver, and a regular contributor to Pacific Standard.  He spoke with us about his article “The Recall is the New Normal”. 

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Word of Mouth
6:14 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Word Of Mouth 09.28.13

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We like to think of the Word of Mouth Saturday show as a convenient, one-hour public radio field trip. So pack a special picnic lunch and grab a buddy, here's what's on the itinerary this week:

  • Bill Maher Love him or hate him, it really doesn't matter, Bill Maher is a great interview.
  • Field Trips Jay Phillip Greene explains his recent study on the power of the school field trip. Turns out they have real and powerful educational value.

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Word of Mouth
12:37 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

A Smart Rifle That Turns Amateurs Into Sharp-Shooters

Motherboard's Derek Mead takes a 1,000-yard PGF shot off the top of Sandstone Mountain in Llano, Texas. That's Darren calling wind.
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Pop culture has made the sniper out to be the lone wolf of warfare.  The truth is that long-distance shooting is a two man-job.  The sniper may hold, aim and fire the rifle, but it’s the other half of the team – the spotter – who does the ballistics calculations of distance, drop, the slant of the earth, along with wind and other atmospheric factors. They’re typically equipped with a scope and a notepad, sometimes even a laptop.  So, what if there was a weapon that could do all the arithmetic for you, transforming even amateur fire-arm users into deadly sharp-shooters?  Well…now there is.

Derek Mead is host of the short film called “Long Shot” – covering his investigation and field test of the so-called “smart-rifle”, created by the Texas-based company Tracking Point  Solutions. “Long Shot” was produced by Vice magazine’s tech-based video channel Motherboard, and  Derek is also editor-in-chief of Motherboard.

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Business and Economy
6:04 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Sturm, Ruger Announces Plans To Expand Out-Of-State

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It’s been a busy few years for Sturm, Ruger…so much so, the company is looking to start another factory out-of-state. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Stand Your Ground Loses Ground

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  national debate over gun laws continues.

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Word of Mouth
8:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Word of Mouth 03.02.2013

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Our favorite content from the program, delivered in one sound-errific package.

This week, why robot interrogators might beat humans at getting to the truth. Mass shooter Amy Bishop's first victim...her brother, back in 1986. Why jury duty matters. The diverse cast of a New Hampshire production of "To Kill A Mockingbird." And the active social media lives of long-dead celebrities.

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NH News
3:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Wants Lawsuit Protection For Gun Owners

The N.H. House votes 211-151 to give gun owners immunity if their weapons are stolen and then used in a crime.

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Word of Mouth
10:47 am
Wed February 20, 2013

A Mass Shooter's First Victim

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Patrick Radden Keefe's stunning investigation into mass shooter Amy Bishop's past has gone hyper-viral. The New Yorker writer joins us to talk about Bishop's 1986 shooting of her younger brother, and how family dynamics may have played into her 2010 murder of three colleagues at the University of Alabama.

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