A Loaded Issue: Guns In New Hampshire

Over the week, the newsroom will examine issues and topics surrounding guns in New Hampshire for our special series, A Loaded Issue. Stories include a look at our state’s gun laws, the big business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.  Each day, we’ll also ask a new online discussion question. 

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A Loaded Issue
4:58 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Seeing School Shooting Sites Up Close Yields Lessons, But Takes A Toll

After almost any act of violence, be it a suicide or a mass school shooting, people ask questions, which usually boil down these questions: How could we have prevented this from happening? How can we keep it from happening again?

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A Loaded Issue
9:51 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gun Shops And Mental Health Advocates Partner To Prevent Suicides

Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Advocates of the rights to own guns and those who want to restrict the laws governing them are often on opposing sides of the conversation. But many find a common voice when it comes to reducing gun violence. In New Hampshire, gun shop owners are forging ties with mental health experts to prevent the most frequent kind of death by firearms: suicide.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gun Crime In New Hampshire Is Well Below National Average

Credit Sara Plourde, NHPR

It's no surprise to Granite Staters that New Hampshire is one of the safest places in the country.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Discussion Question: Does New Hampshire need stricter gun control laws?

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:  Does New Hampshire need stricter gun control laws?

Please include your first name and your hometown.

A Loaded Issue
5:47 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Colebrook Residents: We Don't View Guns Through Lens Of Gun Violence

A welcome sign for Colebrook, New Hampshire. In 1997 four people were killed by a shooter in the small northern town, but many residents say the tragedy has not defined the way they look at firearms.
Credit Dougtone via Flickr/CC - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/5044123946/in/photostream/

Throughout this week’s series on guns, we’ve heard  from residents of rural New Hampshire who think of firearms as a tool.

That’s a perspective you’ll hear and see in the North Country town of Colebrook, where you can pick up a firearm and home improvement tools in the same store.

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A Loaded Issue
10:27 am
Thu February 14, 2013

N.H. Congressional Delegation Reacts To Gun Control Measures

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting there’s been an increase in calls for gun control on Capitol Hill.

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The Exchange
8:36 am
Thu February 14, 2013

New Hampshire’s Gun Debate: How We Got Here

Credit The Knowles Gallery via Flickr Creative Commons

As part of NHPR’s series, A Loaded Issue, we take a historical look at our attitudes toward firearms that have shaped our laws then and now.  A libertarian streak, along with a rural hunting culture in the Live Free or Die state, has meant few restrictions on firearms.  But new arrivals have brought changing attitudes towards guns.

GUESTS:

Andy Smith- Director of UNH Survey Center and Associate Professor of Political Science.

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A Loaded Issue
6:51 am
Thu February 14, 2013

'Stand Your Ground' Expected To Stay N.H. Law

As the debate over gun policy occupies center stage in Washington, N.H. lawmakers are also considering several bills that relate to guns.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Discussion Question: Do you support President Obama's gun control proposals?

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:  Do you support President Obama’s gun control proposals?  Should there be criminal background checks for all gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and a limit on high-capacity magazines?

Please include your first name and your hometown.

A Loaded Issue
4:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Too Rural For Guns? Firearms Not Widespread In 18th Century New Hampshire

Historical photo of Flanders farm in Landaff, New Hampshire.
Credit Department of Agriculture photo, via Wikicommons

As we heard earlier in this series, many rural residents of New Hampshire have a strong connection to guns. But that wasn’t always the case.

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Firearms Manufacturing
2:15 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Map: Where N.H.'s Gun Manufacturers Are (And Aren't)

At its Newport plant, Sturm, Ruger manufactures everything from newer assault rifles to old-fashioned revolvers.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Recently, NHPR examined the impact of the firearms industry on the state's economy.  Especially now, with gun sales at historic highs, this subset of New Hampshire's manufacturing industry is benefiting.  Looking at federal firearms manufacturing licenses, we've pinpointed where the state's firearms manufacturers are located.

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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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