Letter: Veto HB 1178

Published: 6/23/2022 7:02:42 AM
Modified: 6/23/2022 7:00:20 AM

The entire country is desperately trying to find some way to reduce the number of senseless mass killings with guns. Now is not the time for the New Hampshire Legislature to leap backward, but they did by passing HB 1178. This bill, which now sits on Governor Sununu’s desk for his signature or veto, would prohibit the state of New Hampshire, counties, towns, and schools from enforcing or even cooperating with any federal statute, regulation, or Executive Order regarding firearms that is inconsistent with existing NH state law.

The bill lists all the items to be excluded from NH enforcement or cooperation: any laws regarding “firearms, ammunition, magazines, or the ammunition feeding devices, firearm components, firearm supplies, or knives.” Per Majority Leader Osborne: this bill “will make sure that if Congress decides to send some of their fruity ideas up here, we will be prepared to say ‘No thank you very much.’” I think most of us would actually be quite open to supporting a federal law or regulation if it improves public safety. New Hampshire already has major gaps in our public safety laws. We have no effective state laws around gun-free schools. We do not prohibit individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from purchasing firearms or ammunition. Please let Gov. Sununu know that you want him to veto HB 1178. Also, come election time, please consider how your own legislators voted on this bill which would only make us all less safe.

Mark Berry



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