Letter: Less safe from gun deaths

Published: 7/5/2022 7:02:51 AM
Modified: 7/5/2022 7:00:12 AM

A study published in January by Everytown for Gun Safety found a direct correlation in states with weaker gun regulations and higher rates of gun deaths, including homicides, suicides and accidental killings. Governor Sununu, by signing the Republican sponsored HB 1178 (prohibiting NH law enforcement official from complying with federal firearms mandates), continued along his path of making NH less safe. When he first ran for office in 2016, he stated he was in favor of reasonable gun safety legislation. But since entering office, his actions have told a different story.

He has vetoed legislation which would have helped NH be safer from gun deaths (including legislation to establish an extreme risk protection order, enhanced background checks, a three-day waiting period between purchasing and taking ownership of a firearm and gun-free school safety zones). And he has signed into law legislation relaxing our already lax firearm regulations making us less safe from gun deaths. In addition to HB 1178, he has also signed into law legislation which allows the concealed carry of a firearm without a permit, removes the “displaying of a firearm” from the reckless conduct statute, and allows the carrying of firearms on ATVs. In the five and a half years he has been governor, Chris Sununu has made NH less safe. We need new leadership. We need a governor and a legislature who care about the health and welfare of NH citizens.

Nancy Brown



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