Jan 6, 2016 7:12 PM

Landrigan: Stage set for another gun repeal bill veto fight between NH House and Gov. Hassan


CONCORD - It’s looking like déjà vu’ all over again at the State House on guns in the 2016 session.

"Common sense tells me leave the law alone it’s working. Give my chief the chance to make sure I’m safe," urges State Rep. Wayne Burton, D-Durham.

But the New Hampshire House determined to be on a collision course with Gov. Maggie Hassan again over repealing firearm laws.

One day after president Obama sheds tears over gun control, the Republican-led House here is pushing to repeal a permit to carry a concealed gun in New Hampshire.

Supporters say crime in Maine and Vermont and both don’t have concealed carry permit laws.

"Everyone is fine and they are doing very well in those two states with constitutional carry,’’ said State Rep. John Burt, R-Goffstown.

This lawmaker’s assistant was a young girlfriend of Eric Harris, one of the two Columbine killers.

"I think a few inconvenient people is better than 12 dead kids,’’ Burton says.

And House leaders say they are giving Hassan a do over.

"Would I now push the green button and send this bill to the governor to give her a second chance to do the right thing,’’ said State Rep. John Tholl, R-Dalton, and chairman of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

But last year, Hassan vetoed this identical bill and with a US Senate campaign looming, it’s a strong bet she’ll give this bill the same treatment if it gets to her desk later this spring.


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