NECMF

Dec 10, 2015 6:42 AM

First on NH1 News: Hassan criticizes Ayotte's votes on gun measures

NH1 News Political Unit

CONCORD –Maggie Hassan’s taking aim at Sen. Kelly Ayotte as New Hampshire’s two-term governor makes a new push for Congress “to take action” to stem gun violence.

In a petition to supporters, Hassan, who’s launched a Democratic challenge against Ayotte in next year’s Senate showdown in the Granite State, writes “with a staggering number of mass shootings already this year, it is long past time for Congress to take action to address these senseless acts of gun violence.”

NH1 News obtained a copy of the petition, which will be sent out Thursday to supporters on Hassan’s Senate campaign email distribution list.

Read the entire petition below

In the email Hassan highlights her gun control efforts, writing “as Governor, I have focused on ways to strengthen public safety, including vetoing a bill that would have allowed individuals to carry concealed weapons without a license. In the United States Senate, I’ll fight to strengthen background checks for gun purchases and close loopholes like the one allowing known or suspected terrorists to buy explosives and firearms.”

But Hassan also criticizes Ayotte, saying “just last week, Kelly Ayotte joined nearly every Republican Senator -- including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz -- in voting to leave open a loophole allowing known or suspected terrorists to buy guns and explosives. On the very same day, Ayotte also voted once again to block the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey measure to strengthen the background check system.”

“It’s so troubling that Ayotte voted against these common-sense steps to protect public safety, and is instead pushing a watered down Republican measure backed by the NRA’s top allies in Congress,” Hassan continues.

“Add your name to tell Kelly Ayotte and the NRA that New Hampshire – and states from coast to coast – deserves real action on gun violence for safer, stronger communities.”

Last week Ayotte voted against an amendment by Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein of California that would have allowed the federal government to ban the sale of firearms to anyone on the terrorist watch list.

Ayotte told NH1 News earlier this week that “the Democratic amendment last week was a political stunt.”

“I think that it’s important for people to understand that the vote that we took in the Senate last week on the Democratic amendment would have gutted the underlying bill that we we’re working on to repeal the most onerous parts of Obamacare,” she added.

And Ayotte said that the Feinstein amendment “had no due process in it for Americans who believe they’re wrongfully on that list.”

Ayotte instead voted in favor of an amendment by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn.

“The amendment that I did support actually ensures that the attorney general can keep those on the terror watch list from purchasing guns with due process,” Ayotte told NH1 News.

Both amendments failed, a sign that gridlock in the nation’s capital over gun control remains firmly in place, even in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, where more than 130 people were killed by ISIS, and last week’s shootings in San Bernardino, that left 14 dead at the hands of a married Muslim couple that was radicalized and influenced by ISIS.

Next year’s showdown between Ayotte and Hassan is shaping up to be one of the toughest, most bitter, and most expensive Senate contests in the 2016 cycle, and it could decide whether Republicans keep control of the chamber.

From: Maggie Hassan

Subj: Signature needed: Action on gun violence

Hi Aaron

With a staggering number of mass shootings already this year, it is long past time for Congress to take action to address these senseless acts of gun violence.

And yet, just last week, Kelly Ayotte joined nearly every Republican Senator -- including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz -- in voting to leave open a loophole allowing known or suspected terrorists to buy guns and explosives. On the very same day, Ayotte also voted once again to block the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey measure to strengthen the background check system.

Action on gun violence can’t wait. Add your name to tell Congress it’s time to pass commonsense measures to make our communities safer.

It’s simple, Aaron

No parent should have to worry about sending their kids to school, no person should have to second-guess going to his or her place of worship, and no staff member, employee, or business owner should have to go to work with trepidation.

That’s why it’s so troubling that Ayotte voted against these common-sense steps to protect public safety, and is instead pushing a watered down Republican measure backed by the NRA’s top allies in Congress.

Add your name to tell Kelly Ayotte and the NRA that New Hampshire – and states from coast to coast – deserves real action on gun violence for safer, stronger communities.

As Governor, I have focused on ways to strengthen public safety, including vetoing a bill that would have allowed individuals to carry concealed weapons without a license. In the United States Senate, I’ll fight to strengthen background checks for gun purchases and close loopholes like the one allowing known or suspected terrorists to buy explosives and firearms.

I won’t let daily gun violence become the new normal.

Now is the time for action, Aaron. Sign here to say you support reforms that will help stop gun violence.

Thanks for taking a stand.

With every good wish,

Maggie Hassan

--  Need a new car or even a boat? Click here to check out the all-new NH1 Motors --

--

»Comments

Must Read on NH1.com

NH1 Dining

NH1 on Facebook

NH1 on Twitter