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Updated 08/26/2016: The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office issued a statement outlining their position on the legality of guns in schools when used as polling places. Reporter Jason Moon joined All Things Considered host Peter Biello to discuss the statement. The statement from the Attorney General's Office in full: "New Hampshire is an open carry state and weapons can be carried into many public places, including many polling places. Voters should not be prevented from voting based on...

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Attorney General Joseph Foster says New Hampshire will start reporting certain individuals suffering from mental illness to the national gun background check system. Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms by people who have been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or committed to a hospital. But New Hampshire is one of a few states that doesn't report these records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Foster says a line in the bill reauthorizing Medicaid...

New Hampshire gun manufacturer Sig Sauer lost an appeal in a US Appeals Court this week. The dispute was over the classification of a “silencer" device.

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The state reps gathered in the house well. They mostly talked about how the nation needs to break the gridlock on the gun debate. Jackie Cilley represents Barrington. "It is a war zone, and there are practical, sensible solutions that we can promulgate and legislators, nationally and in this state that will make it a little less so." When Governor Hassan joined the sit in, she spoke briefly, but pointedly on guns. "It is absolutely essential that we expand background checks, so that known and...

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House Democrats have ended their almost 26-hour-long sit-in to push for gun control legislation, pledging on Thursday afternoon to continue their fight once Congress returns from the July Fourth recess. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., ended the daylong protest surrounded by his Democratic colleagues. The civil rights leader proclaimed that this "is a struggle, but we're going to win this struggle." He pledged to come back on July 5 after the congressional recess "more...

As the U.S. Senate debates measures to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, New Hampshire's Senator Kelly Ayotte is throwing her support to a proposal drafted by Maine Senator Susan Collins. The plan would bar people on the TSA's no-fly and selected lists from buying guns. It also creates an appeals process where people wrongly blocked from buying gun could recover legal fees from the federal government. "I hope that on both sides of the aisle we can work together to get a result to the...

"With recent events and political environment, these weapons will be harder to get a hold of." "This is what your AR-15 dreams it could be when it grows up." "I can meet ... near the FL Mall in Orlando or any other time." "Cash is king." These classified advertisements for semi-automatic weapons were listed this week on Armslist , a website where anyone can advertise a firearm they'd like to sell, and anyone can contact a seller with an offer to buy. The site is legal. But there's no way to...

Updated 2:30 a.m. ET Thursday: Nearly 15 hours: The Associated Press reports that's how long Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and his Democratic colleagues held the floor before yielding early Thursday, with a pledge that he would aggressively press for a legislative response to the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting. Murphy has been upset with congressional inaction on gun violence. Original Post: Senate Democrats say they are bringing Senate business to a halt in an effort to force some action on...

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A ruling by the New Hampshire Supreme Court could make it easier for out-of-state gun owners to obtain concealed-carry licenses. The court on Thursday sided with a New Jersey man who argued that the New Hampshire Department of Safety overstepped its authority in 2013 when it enacted new rules for nonresidents applying for concealed-carry permits. Under those rules, applicants must supply proof that they have such licenses in their home states. The court, which sent the case back to a lower...

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Governor Maggie Hassan says last week's shooting of two Manchester police officers by a suspect who with mental health problems illustrates the need for New Hampshire to do a better job of keeping guns away from people who shouldn't have them. "I think this issue needs to be looked at by a broad coalition of stakeholders and that is certainly one of the questions that they should address. I think we should work together to take steps forward to improve public safety and public heath of New...

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House lawmakers have voted 217-132 to require local officials to issue conceal weapons permits to person not barred from owning a gun. The mostly party line vote came after the GOP-controlled house overturned a committee recommendation to kill the bill. Seabrook Republican Max Abramson told colleagues this bill was about making sure a constitutional right is unabridged. "Senate bill 336 would simply restore the right of law abiding gun owners, who have the lawful right to open carry, to...

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A bill that would crack down on sales of firearms to people banned from having guns is working its way through the State House.

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It was a long first day for the New Hampshire House, as lawmakers debated dozens of bills to begin the 2016 session. The House passed a proposal, 206 to 146, to allow people to carry a concealed firearm without a license. A similar measure passed the House and Senate but was vetoed by Governor Hassan last year.

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After a group of anti-government activists took over an Oregon wildlife refuge last weekend, news outlets are struggling with how to identify them and their goals. On today’s show, a media reporter says in today's partisan, all-in media landscape, news reporters have an obligation to choose words carefully. Then, 2015 was a banner year for science, from Pluto’s photo shoot, to the Ebola vaccine. So what's next? We'll hear about some of the big ideas in store for 2016, including the future of the gene editing tool: CRISPR .

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Officials say 11,000 New Hampshire state employees will begin mandatory training on active shooter situations next month. The Concord Monitor reports Gov. Maggie Hassan's office developed the course in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Safety following the San Bernardino, California, mass shooting that killed 14 people earlier this month. The two-hour class will teach employees what to do if an active shooter ever entered a state building. It's based on a national model that...

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Two more high-profile mass shootings this past month have rekindled the national debate over guns, gun rights, and gun regulation. Politicians have weighed in from the Presidential campaign trail and on Capitol Hill, but common ground remains elusive. Some say we need to tighten laws and oversight in the interest of public safety, while others say the solution is for more civilians to arm themselves in the interest of self-defense.

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As more details come out about the shooting in San Bernardino, terrorism threats and measures to restrict guns have become part of the debate surrounding national security. NHPR spoke with both of New Hampshire’s Senators this morning about one of President Obama’s proposals: banning the sale of guns to those on the government’s no-fly list. On the night of President Obama’s address, Republican Kelly Ayotte tweeted that the country needs to prevent those on the no-fly list from accessing guns...

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NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition most Monday mornings for "On The Political Front."

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New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says those on the no-fly list should be banned from purchasing guns. Ayotte made her position known Sunday on Twitter, saying that those on the watch list should not be able to purchase firearms. She also called for due process for Americans who are wrongfully on the list. Ayotte's spokesman Liz Johnson says the measure Ayotte was referring to in the tweet was a "GOP alternative amendment would have allowed the DOJ to prevent individuals on the...

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Hillary Clinton told an audience at Keene State College in New Hampshire that more stringent gun laws would save lives, and if she wins election she’d consider implementing a federal gun buyback program, and using executive powers to require universal background checks for gun purchases.

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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. Later this spring the House will take up a Senate...

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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...

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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. GUESTS: JR Hoell – Republican state representative from Dunbarton and board member of the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition . He co-sponsored SB116. Steve Shurtleff - Democratic...

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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. There are only four states that don’t...

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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 R epresentatives are trained police...

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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. “If you commit a crime...

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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...

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. The Eagle Tribune reports Kelly, administrative judge of the state's circuit court...

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T he 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.

Sturm, Ruger Recalls Rifle For Trigger Issues

Apr 14, 2014

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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