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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.