Alan Rice, a director of the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, makes the case for trying to get rid of the permit needed to carry a concealed gun.

Mar 14, 2016 6:17 PM

Landrigan: Will election change outcome of debate over repealing permit to carry concealed gun?

Gun advocates are again making the case for New Hampshire to get rid of its permit to carry a concealed gun.

"The only people getting permits to carry are the honest people and the dishonest people never bothered to,'' says Bob Clegg, a gun owner advocate, former state senator and current lobbyist.

But John Cantin, the father of Melissa Charbonneau - killed by her estranged husband in 2009 - said even tougher gun laws than the ones we have are needed to help protect the innocent.

"Two days before he killed her he was released from jail where he was being held for assaulting her for strangulation. His guns were never turned over after being served with a domestic order,'' Cantin tells the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Supporters hoping the election year turns the spotlight on even brighter on Gov. Maggie Hassan, who vetoed a similar bill last year.

Hassan is running for the US Senate this fall.

Those wanting to repeal the permit say the use of "suitable person’’ has been used to discriminate.

"The Senate saw fit to rewrite 100-year-old banking laws. Isn’t it time to rewrite 90-year-old laws doing nothing but hurt the very constituents they claim to represent,'' says Kimberly Morin, a conservative activist.

But a member of Moms Demand Action for gun control says the simple permit gives at least some peace of mind.

"If I see that they have a gun at least I know they have a gun," said Deb Howard. "If they are concealed I have no idea whether they have one or not and they could be dangerous."

There’s a large disagreement on gun issues in the US Senate race but not on concealed carry permits. Senator Kelly Ayotte defended them when she was attorney general.


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