A Loaded Issue: Guns In New Hampshire

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

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
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
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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Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Women And The Gun Debate

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Women are a growing part of the debate over gun rights and potential new gun laws – partly because there are growing numbers of women who own and use guns. Erica Goode is a national correspondent on criminal justice issues for the New York Times; she wrote about the rising number of female gun owners this week, and she joins us as part of NHPR’s series on guns, “A Loaded Issue”.

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Morning Edition
9:25 am
Tue February 12, 2013

An Officer's Perspective

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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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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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Morning Edition
10:13 am
Mon February 11, 2013

A Gun Owner On Gun Laws

As part of or 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. We’ll be hearing from some of them throughout the series. This morning we hear from Keith Savage. He’s a business owner who lives in Goffstown.  I started our conversation by asking how guns became a part of his life.

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A Loaded Issue
7:20 am
Mon February 11, 2013

N.H. Benefits From Firearms Boom

Workers cast firearms parts at Sturm, Ruger's Newport foundry
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

As federal lawmakers grapple with tighter gun control laws, business is good for the firearms industry.Across the country, gun dealers can’t keep them on the shelves, and manufacturers can’t keep up with demand. But how do these trends affect New Hampshire's economy?

A look at the impact of the firearms industry on the Granite State's economy

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Infographic: Guns: A Primer

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No doubt you've being hearing a lot about guns in the news lately. For the uninitiated, the types and terminology can be overwhelming, and can make understanding what you're hearing - and knowing if it's accurate - a veritable chore. As part of our series, A Loaded Issue, NHPR is aiming to assist in demystifying the firearm, starting with this infographic that outlines a few of the basics (click on the image to view at full size):

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Gun Buyers Face Few Restrictions In N.H.

Paul Gauffin, owner of SL Gun Shop in Mason
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Granite State has an extensive history with personal firearms. And its laws reflect the state’s long-held attitudes about guns and the 2nd Amendment.


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A Loaded Issue
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Discussion Question: Do you own a gun? Why or why not?

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.

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