State of New Hampshire Archives: on Gun Control


Bill O`Brien: Stand up for 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens

I will stand up for our traditions here in New Hampshire and our Constitution. That includes standing up for our Constitutionally protected 2nd Amendment Rights enjoyed by law-abiding citizens. Whenever possible I will oppose those who seek to limit our freedoms which so many of us cherish in the Live Free or Die State of New Hampshire.
Source: 2020 N.H. Senate campaign website BillObrien2020.com Dec 20, 2019

Steve Marchand: Supports permits, background checks, and no big changes

Q: Governor Hassan recently vetoed a bill to do away with permits for concealed carry of guns.

A: You should have a permit, and I agree with Governor Hassan's decision. I think if you get a background check and you're seen as somebody that is not a threat to others in having a gun, I think that it's totally appropriate to have one. I support the Second Amendment, but I'm somebody that is not looking to make big changes on that but I would have supported Governor Hassan's veto of that recently.

Source: N.H. Public Radio on 2018 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Colin Van Ostern: Background checks and maybe assault weapon ban

The three Democrats running for New Hampshire governor highlighted their differences during a forum in Hampton. On guns, Connolly took the hardest line, calling forcefully for a ban on high-power, high capacity assault weapons following the recent surge in mass shootings across the U.S. "This is a real and present danger to our country, and I think like energy and carbon, states need to take leadership because Washington is obviously broken," he said.

Van Ostern and Marchand argued for universal background checks but suggested a ban would not be effective if residents could buy those weapons in other states. However, Van Ostern, a gun owner and bird hunter, said he would not oppose a state ban.

Source: Portsmouth-Herald on 2016 N.H. Gubernatorial debate Jul 11, 2016

Mark Connolly: State assault weapons ban if U.S. Congress fails to act

The three Democrats running for New Hampshire governor highlighted their differences during a forum in Hampton. Mark Connolly of New Castle, the former director of the Bureau of Securities Regulation, called for a state assault weapons ban if the US Congress fails to act.

On guns, Connolly took the hardest line, calling forcefully for a ban on high-power, high capacity assault weapons following the recent surge in mass shootings across the US. "This is a real & present danger to our country, and I think like energy and carbon, states need to take leadership because Washington is obviously broken," he said.

Van Ostern and Marchand argued for universal background checks but suggested a ban would not be effective if residents could buy those weapons in other states. However, Van Ostern, a gun owner and bird hunter, said he would not oppose a state ban.

Source: Portsmouth-Herald on 2016 N.H. Gubernatorial debate Jul 11, 2016

Derek Dextraze: More thorough background checks, but guns are fine

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership?"

A: Strongly Support - I think more thorough background checks but guns are fine in my eyes.

Source: Email interview: 2016 N.H. gubernatorial race by OnTheIssues Mar 14, 2016

Bernie Sanders: I have shown courage against NRA on gun issues

Gov. O'MALLEY: In Maryland, we overcame the NRA's objections. [The lack of progress on federal un laws] i's because of the flip-flopping, political approach of Washington that both of my two colleagues on this stage have represented there for the last forty years.

CLINTON: I have been for the Brady bill; I have been against assault weapons.

SANDERS: In 1988, just to set the record straight governor, I ran for the U.S. House. I said, "I don't think it's a great idea that we sell automatic weapons in this country that are used by the military to kill people very rapidly." Gun people said, "Vote for one of the others, but not Bernie Sanders." I lost that election by 3%. Quite likely for that reason. Do not tell me that I have not shown courage in standing up to the gun people, in voting to ban assault weapons, voting for instant background checks, voting to end the gun show loop hole and now we're in a position to create a consensus in America on gun safety.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Bernie Sanders: People have the right to buy guns, with sensible regulations

O'MALLEY: Senator Sanders voted against the Brady Bill. Senator Sanders voted to give immunity to gun dealers. What we need on this issue is not more polls. We need more principle. When ISIL does videos that say the easiest way to get a combat assault weapon in the US is at a gun show, we should all be waking up. We need comprehensive gun safety legislation and a ban on assault weapons.

SANDERS: It's a country in which people choose to buy guns. More than half of the people in Vermont are gun owners. That's the right of people. I think we have to bring together the majority of the people who do believe in sensible gun safety regulations. Who denies that it is crazy to allow people to own guns who are criminals or mentally unstable? We've got to eliminate the gun show loophole. We have got to see that weapons designed by the military to kill people are not in the hands of civilians.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton: I support Brady Bill and closing the Charleston loophole

CLINTON: I have been for the Brady bill; I have been against assault weapons. I have voted not to give gun makers and sellers immunity. And I would hope that [others] would join the Democrats who are trying to close the Charleston loophole. We need to move on this consensus that exists in the country. It's no longer enough just to say the vast majority of Americans want common sense gun safety measures including gun owners.

OnTheIssues explanation: "The Charleston loophole" refers to a recent shooter in Charleston S.C. who legally purchased the weapon he used in the shooting because of a "default proceed" rule. That rule means, if the FBI does not notify the dealer within three days, the purchase can proceed. In the case of the Charleston shooter, he WAS on the FBI list due to previous arrests, but due to a clerical error by a county jail clerk reporting his arrest with the4 wrong agency, he was allowed to purchase the weapon.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton: Arming more people is not appropriate response to terrorism

O`MALLEY: Secretary Clinton changes her position on this every election year. When ISIL does videos that say the easiest way to get a combat assault weapon in the US is at a gun show, we should all be waking up.

CLINTON: Guns, in and of themselves, will not make Americans safer. We lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence, arming more people to do what I think is not the appropriate response to terrorism. The first line of defense against radicalization is in Muslim-American community.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Martin O`Malley: We need more principle, not more polls

Senator Sanders voted against the Brady Bill. Senator Sanders voted to give immunity to gun dealers. Secretary Clinton changes her position on this every election year. What we need on this issue is not more polls. We need more principle. When ISIL does videos that say the easiest way to get a combat assault weapon in the US is at a gun show, we should all be waking up. We need comprehensive gun safety legislation and a ban on assault weapons.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Martin O`Malley: FactCheck: Yes, ISIL made videos on buying assault weapons

Gov. O'Malley said, "When ISIL does training videos that say the easiest way to get a combat assault weapon in the U.S. is at a gun show, then we should all be waking up. We need comprehensive gun safety legislation and a ban on assault weapons." Is that literally true?

We checked, and it is, according to a CNN article from April 2013: "A video from 2011 has resurfaced showing American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn discussing how easy it is to buy guns in the US & urging fellow radicals to do so. In the video, the California-raised Gadahn said militants should arm themselves for attacks on Western governments. Gadahn says, "You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check. So what are you waiting for?"

O'Malley cited ISIL, and the video was actually made by al Qaeda, but the governor got the basics right. But the video is incorrect: a background check is actually needed.

Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on 2015 ABC/WMUR Dem. debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Jon Lavoie: Current background check is sufficient

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership"?

A: Support, NH currently has a background check. That is sufficient.

Source: Email interview for 2016 N.H. Governor race with OnTheIssues Oct 18, 2015

John Lynch: Keep N.H. gun laws unchanged

Q: What are your principles regarding guns?

A: I do not support any changes to New Hampshire’s gun laws.

Source: 2006 N.H. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

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