Women's Defense League Director Susan Olsen releases new poll showing super-majoriity supports getting rid of permits to carry concealed guns.

May 26, 2015 6:11 PM

Landrigan: Pro-gun group releases new poll seeking to lobby Gov. Hassan


CONCORD - A pro-gun advocacy group released a poll claiming a super-majority of residents here want to get rid of permits to carry a concealed gun.

The Women’s Defense League survey concluded 71 percent favored repeal of the permits.

This runs directly counter to the poll last month from, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm, that found more than 70 percent wanted to keep these permits in place.

Women’s Defense League Director Susan Olsen said the difference wrinkle in the group’s poll was to inform those surveyed that the permits were first put in place in 1923 to deny guns to minorities such as Irish and French Canadians.

Olsen told reporters that they continue to receive reports to the present day that some local police chiefs have a bias in the denial of a permit.

"We have been that they weren’t given a permit due to gender bias or because the person’s affiliation with a particular group,’’ Olsen said.

The new poll’s aim clearly was to try and back up the Republican-led Legislature that has already adopted legislation to repeal the permits.

The House of Representatives will soon decide whether it accepts a Senate amendment to its repeal bill.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has already said she would veto the measure and insisted the majority of New Hampshire residents support these permits.


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