Gun Laws - Issue Summary

Should New Hampshire change its gun control laws?

gun lawsBy: LFDA Editor

Compared to other states, New Hampshire has relatively few regulations on the sale and ownership of firearms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence conducts an annual survey of state gun laws in which states are given points for the different types of firearms regulations they have in place. In 2010 New Hampshire scored six points out of a possible 100, indicating a low level of regulation.

However, some argue that New Hampshire has too many constraints on the Constitutional right to bear arms. Twenty-two states also scored six or fewer points on the Brady survey, indicating that many states have fewer regulations on firearms.

New Hampshire’s current regulations on firearms can be summarized as follows:

General Possession

Location

  • It is illegal to carry a firearm in a New Hampshire court.
  • It is illegal for public school students to carry firearms while on school grounds.
  • Administrative regulations limit the possession of firearms in licensed child care facilities, foster homes, prison grounds, and the State House.

Sale and Transfer

Minors

  • It is illegal to transfer ammunition or a handgun to a minor, although there are numerous exceptions. For example, parents and grandparents may legally give a handgun to a minor relative.
  • An individual may be charged with “negligent storage of firearms” if a child gains access to that individual’s firearm and uses the firearm in “a reckless or threatening manner.” However, the law is very narrowly written.

Ammunition

New Hampshire is a “shall issue” state. In other words, law enforcement is required to issue a license to carry a loaded, concealed handgun unless the person applying for the license is a felon or otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm. New Hampshire does not require a license to purchase a firearm, does not require firearms to be registered, and does not require a waiting period before finalizing a firearm purchase.

Additional federal regulations apply to the sale and ownership of firearms in New Hampshire.  For example, federal law requires licensed firearms dealers to conduct a background check on each purchaser. According to the U.S. Department of Justice Survey of State Procedures Related to Firearms Sales, the New Hampshire Department of Safety conducts all background checks for handgun sales. For long gun sales, the firearms dealer must contact the FBI for a background check. While federal law prohibits the possession of a firearm by anyone who “has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution,” states are not required to report the identity of such individuals to the National database used to perform background checks. New Hampshire currently keeps mental health records confidential, and does not provide mental health records to the federal database.

Evaluating the regulation of firearms is difficult. Is the goal decreased crime, decreased deaths due to firearm-related injury, or something more abstract, like increased liberty? How can the effect of gun control on these goals be separated from other effects, such as the effect of cultural norms? In the seminal text Sense and Nonsense about Crime, Drugs, and Communities,* criminologist Samuel Walker analyzed numerous firearms regulation regimes and concluded that neither limiting ownership of firearms nor expanding gun rights effectively decreased crime. Only this much is certain: the debate on gun control is not likely to end soon.

Here are some general arguments for and against firearms regulations:

In favor of firearms regulations:

  • The United States has a much higher homicide rate, and firearm homicide rate, than European countries, which generally have stricter firearms regulations
  • "Although guns can and have been used successfully in self-defense in the home, a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense" (Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence)
  • Other potentially dangerous items, including automobiles, are regulated heavily by the federal government

Against firearms regulations:

  • In the past two decades the homicide rate in the United States has decreased, even as firearm ownership has increased (National Rifle Association)
  • Criminals do not follow laws, so regulations on firearms only hurt legal gun owners 
  • The second amendment protects the right to own firearms, but does not protect the right to own an automobile or other potentially dangerous items.  Firearms therefore should be subject to fewer regulations.

2014 Legislation

The 2014 battle over gun control began with HB 1589, sponsored by Rep. E. Elaine Andrews-Ahearn (D-Hampton Falls).  HB 1589 would have required background checks for all firearms sales.  The House voted to kill the bill February 12, 2014.  Later the same day Rep. J.R. Hoell (R-Dunbarton) introduced an amended version of the bill, which stripped all of the language about background checks and instead created a committee to study the relationship between New Hampshire's gun laws and the low crime rate.  The House once again voted to kill HB 1589.

In a move that some legislators viewed as retaliation, on February 20, 2014 the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted to radically amend a gun rights bill sponsored by Rep. J.R. Hoell (R-Dunbarton), HB 1264.  As originally written, HB 1264 would allow nonresidents to carry loaded firearms in New Hampshire, provided that their home state allows them to carry firearms.  The Committee rewrote HB 1264 to instead create a committee to study expanded background checks for firearms sales.  The House tabled HB 1264 on March 19, 2014.

SB 244, sponsored by Sen. David Watters (D-Dover), was another controversial firearms bill. As originally written, SB 244 "requires the name of a person who has been adjudicated as not mentally competent to be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the purpose of conducting a background check to determine eligibility to possess a firearm."  However, the Senate amended SB 244 to instead establish a commission to study the relationship between mental health and firearms.  The amended version of SB 244 kept a path to remove a person's mental health records from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  The House killed SB 244 on April 30, 2014.

The House killed four other 2014 bills related to gun control, HB 1375, HB 1362, HB 1438, and HB 1379.  Sponsored by Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), HB 1375 would have allowed towns to adopt a policy for local police to collect unwanted firearms.  HB 1362, sponsored by Rep. Lenette Peterson (R-Merrimack), would have made it a felony offense to enforce federal firearms restrictions, if the firearm in question is manufactured and/or owned in New Hampshire.  Rep. J.R. Hoell (R-Dunbarton) sponsored HB 1438, a 2014 bill that would have shifted the burden of proof from the defendant to the state whenever the state prosecuted a person under gun control laws.  Rep. Jeffrey Goley (D-Manchester) sponsored HB 1379, a 2014 bill that would have ensured that firearms records (e.g. application to carry a concealed firearm) are not subject to disclosure under the Right-to-Know law.

Should New Hampshire reform gun regulations?

* Walker, Samuel. Sense and Nonsense about Crime, Drugs, and Communities. 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2011.

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Several legislators sponsored 2014 bills related to firearms regulations, but no new gun control laws passed.

News

October 15, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Giffords to talk domestic, gun violence
October 6, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Gun reform group says GOP candidate for Congress Marilinda Garcia is against closing gun loopholes
September 30, 2014
Seacoast Online: NH concealed carry gun application changed again
September 29, 2014
Concord Monitor: Changes to New Hampshire’s concealed carry license application trigger concern from gun rights activists
September 17, 2014
WMUR: Gabby Giffords gun safety PAC begins big TV buys in both NH House races
August 28, 2014
Concord Monitor: Guns, Islamic State top issues in Republican U.S. Senate primary debate
August 17, 2014
Union Leader: Gun advocates up in arms over change in application
August 11, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Gun lobby fired up over new licensing query
August 6, 2014
WMUR: Gubernatorial candidate's fundraiser to celebrate Second Amendment
August 1, 2014
Concord Monitor: Ayotte a target vote for new gun, domestic violence legislation
July 20, 2014
Union Leader: Newington-based gun company layoffs said to reflect sales
July 16, 2014
Seacoast Online: Sig Sauer to lay off workers as gun market cools
June 8, 2014
Seacoast Online: Surge of gun-related incidents test local police
Nashua Telegraph: PolitiFactNH: Rubens says armed civilians drastically reduce casualties during mass shootings
May 28, 2014
NECN: NH lawmaker calls for tougher gun laws after Calif. shootings
May 21, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: NH gun rights advocates plan protest outside Scott Brown meeting
Concord Monitor: Gun owners offer mixed opinions after hearing from Scott Brown
May 9, 2014
WMUR: Parents question school administration about gun incident
May 3, 2014
WMUR: School administrators criticized over handling of gun incident
May 1, 2014
NHPR: Mental health records gun bill dies in NH House
April 17, 2014
Seacoast Online: NH gun safety group buoyed by billionaire's pledge
April 10, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: NH House panel hears arguments on gun rights for those with past mental health problems
Union Leader: Little support for annulment for restoring gun rights
April 6, 2014
Concord Monitor: In U.S. Senate primary, Brown’s opponents tout gun records
Union Leader: Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Gun-rights debate to enter next phase
March 30, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Bill to restore gun ownership displeases NH governor
March 28, 2014
Concord Monitor: NH Senate creates process to annul mental health records, allow for gun purchases
March 27, 2014
Valley News: N.H. Senate OKs bill on guns, mental health
March 26, 2014
NHPR: High Court Considers Defintion Of Domestic Violence In Gun Case
Nashua Telegraph: Jim Rubens vows to protect gun owners at Hudson shop, continues Second Amendment tour all week
March 25, 2014
Seacoast Online: Rubens: 'Responsible gun ownership' doesn't cause violence
March 20, 2014
Union Leader: Firearms bill draws fierce debate before being tabled by NH House
Concord Monitor: House tables effort to create gun law study committee
Nashua Telegraph: NH House shoots down gun control commission
March 18, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gun debate rages on in NH House
March 15, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gun violence study panel would form under bill before NH House
March 14, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gun debate rages on in N.H. House
March 3, 2014
NHPR: Poll finds strong support for Medicaid expansion, gun background checks
February 28, 2014
Seacoast Online: Cushing's surprise move revives gun safety talks
February 24, 2014
Union Leader: 3-D printed gun developer attends Nashua liberty forum
February 23, 2014
Union Leader: Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Gun rights groups taking aim at SB 244
February 22, 2014
Seacoast Online: Hampton Rep. Cushing proposes gun commission
February 21, 2014
Seacoast Online: Rep. Cushing's surprise move revives N.H. gun safety talks
Nashua Telegraph: House Democratic leaders take pro-firearm bill and turn it into panel on expanded background checks for gun sales
Concord Monitor: House Democrats push for gun safety study committee
February 20, 2014
Valley News: Gun Makers Hit Record Production
Valley news: Democrats Pass Amendment to Study Changes in Gun Laws
Union Leader: Background checks for gun buyers to be studied
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan talks guns, gambling, drugs and death penalty
Concord Monitor: U.S. Sen. Markey calls for personalized gun law
February 18, 2014
Concord Monitor: 'We need the iPhone of guns.' Will smart guns transform the gun industry?
February 16, 2014
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: What did the House's gun background check votes really mean? It's complicated
February 14, 2014
WMUR: Gun sales are plunging
February 13, 2014
Seacoast Online: NH House kills bill to expand gun checks
Eagle-Tribune: Gun bill fails in NH House
Concord Monitor: NH House defeats bill to expand gun background checks
Nashua Telegraph: NH House kills universal background checks for gun purchases
WMUR: NH House kills bill to expand background checks in gun purchases
Citizen of Laconia: NH House kills gun background check bill
Union Leader: Background checks go down in defeat
February 12, 2014
Valley News: Background check bill fails in N.H.
Seacoast Online: Gun background check bill killed in N.H. House
NHPR: House members kill effort to expand gun sale background checks
Foster's Daily Democrat: NH House voting on expanding gun background checks
February 11, 2014
NHPR: NHPR News Primer: Gun bills at the statehouse
Seacoast Online: Momentum building for gun background checks
February 10, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gun bill seeks to keep owners' names private
Union Leader: Lancaster Agway owner blasts House bill calling for universal gun registration
February 9, 2014
Valley News: N.H. House to vote on bill expanding background checks
February 8, 2014
WMUR: Poll shows dip in support for law preventing mentally ill from buying guns
February 7, 2014
Seacoast Online: House panel approves gun background check bill
February 3, 2014
Union Leader: Kevin Landrigan: Gun control firing blanks in NH
February 2, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Manchester gun show draws long lines
Nashua Telegraph: Gun control reform firing blanks in NH
January 29, 2014
Seacoast Online: NRA misinforms N.H. members about background checks legislation
January 24, 2014
NHPR: House bill would restrict public's access to gun permit records
Union Leader: Lawmaker asks to exempt gun records from right-to-know law
January 23, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Newtown parents supporting NH gun check bill
Union Leader: Lawmaker asks to exempt gun records from right-to-know law
NHPR: House bill would restrict public's access to gun permit records
January 22, 2014
Concord Monitor: Hearing on background check bill draws emotional testimony from Sandy Hook victims’ families, gun supporters
Nashua Telegraph: Parents of Newtown victims push NH bill for firearm background checks but are outnumbered by opponents
Seacoast Online: Newtown parents push expansion of gun checks in NH
January 21, 2014
Valley News: N.H. debates background check bill
WMUR: Parents of Sandy Hook victims testify on background check bill
Union Leader: 'Gun battle' over universal background checks bill
Concord Monitor: Sandy Hook victims' families, gun supporters testify on background check bill
NHPR: Gun rights advocates push back against universal background checks bill
Nashua Telegraph: NH legislators pack full short week with bills on gun control, gambling, GMOs and animal cruelty
January 19, 2014
Seacoast Online: Lawmakers focused on gun control debate
January 15, 2014
Union Leader: State Senate bill to prohibit gun sales to mentally ill sparks debate
Eagle Tribune: Bill would limit gun purchases by mentally ill
Citizen of Laconia: NH bill: Limit gun purchases by mentally ill
January 14, 2014
Valley News: Varied coalition targets gun bill
NHPR: Background check 'compromise' draws fire from all sides
Concord Monitor: Gun groups, mental health advocates divided over gun bill requiring mental health checks
Foster's Daily Democrat: N.H. bill aims to keep mentally ill from buying firearms
January 13, 2014
NHPR: Bill would force N.H. to report mental health findings to background check index
January 6, 2014
Union Leader: Obama directs feds to improve database to limit 2nd Amendment rights of those with mental disabilities
January 4, 2014
Keene Sentinel: White House claims to clarify laws on background checks for gun sales
December 27, 2013
Seacoast Online: Feds to release reports about Greenland shootings
December 16, 2013
Seacoast Online: FBI disrupts mass shootings through mental health interventions
December 15, 2013
Valley News: New tactic for gun control advocates
Seacoast Online: Calls for gun control on Newtown anniversary
December 14, 2013
WMUR: Post-Newtown, mental health key in gun debate
Nashua Telegraph: Gun control activists vow to go on
Seacoast Online: Locals call for gun control on Newtown anniversary
December 13, 2013
Valley News: In Newtown's wake, gun deaths not easily tracked or tallied
Concord Monitor: One year after Sandy Hook, area schools see tighter security, stricter policies
Eagle Tribune: Gun deaths not easily tracked or tallied
December 11, 2013
Seacoast Online: Year after Newtown, gun control groups keep hope
Seacoast Online: South Church gun control forum to mark anniversary of Newtown shootings
NHPR: Improving school security: Guidelines from the N.H. Department of Safety
NHPR: For many N.H. schools, Sandy Hook brought security needs to forefront
NHPR: New Hampshire mothers join national effort for tighter gun control laws
December 10, 2013
Concord Monitor: Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade
Seacoast Online: Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade
December 9, 2013
WMUR: Senate approves gun screening bill
December 5, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Keeping pace with the real threat of plastic guns
December 4, 2013
Keene Sentinel: U.S. House approves extension of gun screening law
December 3, 2013
Concord Monitor: House votes to renew all-plastic gun ban
December 2, 2013
NHPR: Manchester police weigh charges after 5-year-old accidentally shoots self
November 21, 2013
Union Leader: Seacoast anti-gun group believes blind should be disarmed
November 15, 2013
Seacoast Online: Gun license case twists after wiretapping claims surface
November 14, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Monadnock school security officer won't carry gun
November 11, 2013
WMUR: Gun violence in PG-13 movies has tripled
Union Leader: Gun violence in PG-13 movies tripled over last two decades
November 10, 2013
Union Leader: Portsmouth police defend denying lawyer gun license renewal
November 9, 2013
WMUR: Giffords, Kelly group launches veterans initiative for gun control
WMUR: Student gun owners face possible expulsion
November 7, 2013
Union Leader: AG's report says protection order against dad who shot son had expired
November 5, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Gun-related issues reported across US
October 31, 2013
Union Leader: Windham police chief violates gun law
October 29, 2013
Seacoast Online: Bills could alter gun control landscape in N.H.
October 28, 2013
Seacoast Online: N.H. gun control bills would add mental health checks, temporary weapons
Valley News: Gun bills mulled for mentally ill
Citizen of Laconia: Mental health checks among state gun control measures
October 26, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte pressed on gun vote at Town Hall
October 24, 2013
Eagle Tribune: Tougher school gun policy OK'd in Salem
October 22, 2013
Seacoast Online: Battle over gun shows heating up
Seacoast Online: Background check for gun owners?
October 21, 2013
Seacoast Online: Officers shot in Greenland get deadline to prove Mutrie got gun from mom
October 19, 2013
Seacoast Online: N.H. lawmakers debate background check legislation
NHPR: Protest for fired clerk who pulled gun on armed robber
Nashua Telegraph: Nationwide ammunition shortage
Nashua Telegraph: Right to ‘Bear’ arms at work draws heavy debate
October 18, 2013
Seacoast Online: Bill to call for background checks to buy firearms at N.H. gun shows
Seacoast Online: Exeter Town Hall vigils target gun violence
October 14, 2013
Valley News: N.H. lawmakers may debate guns
October 13, 2013
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire Legislature may see a renewed fight over gun control in 2014
September 28, 2013
Union Leader: Officials discuss scope of weapons policy in Salem schools
September 23, 2013
Seacoast Online: Obama says fight for gun laws 'ought to obsess us'
Valley News: Obama pushes for gun laws at Navy memorial ceremony
September 22, 2013
Concord Monitor: Gun control advocates lose ground despite recent rampages
WMUR: NRA calls for more armed guards at military installations
September 20, 2013
Keene Sentinel: A shift in the gun control debate
September 19, 2013
Seacoast Online: Starbucks says guns not welcomed, but aren't banned
Valley News: Starbucks draws fire on guns
September 18, 2013
Seacoast Online: Federal gun laws didn't block Navy Yard shooter
Seacoast Online: Shootings reignite gun control talk, but bills still cold
September 13, 2013
Union Leader: NH gun owners least likely in nation to die as a result of being shot
September 12, 2013
WMUR: State battles intensify on guns
September 7, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Gun control group protests at Ayotte's Nashua office
September 5, 2013
Union Leader: Gun group organizing nationwide rally
September 2, 2013
Eagle Tribune: Gun proponents plan nationwide rally
September 1, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Group targets Ayotte's stance on gun violence
August 29, 2013
Seacoast Online: Obama offers new gun control steps
WMUR: Biden announces new actions to curb gun violence
August 12, 2013
Union Leader: NH County Sheriffs hold unique place in gun control debate
Union Leader: Attorney General: No metal detectors used before fatal visit at Manchester YWCA
NHPR: Questions over security raised after shooting at Manchester YWCA
August 8, 2013
Concord Monitor: N.H. Supreme Court defines 'loaded weapon' law
Seacoast Online: N.H. Supreme Court defines 'loaded' gun
Union Leader: Six Gun City reopens with promise of more to come
August 7, 2013
Union Leader: Court tells Manchester police a 'loaded gun' must have bullets in it
NHPR: N.H. Supreme Court: Loaded means loaded
August 4, 2013
Union Leader: Both sides of the gun control issue rally supporters
August 3, 2013
Union Leader: NH group to Christie: Forget primary win if you sign gun bill
WMUR: Poll: Granite Staters unhappy with failure of gun background check bill
July 31, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Hudson representative’s email about gun control references polygamy and bestiality, he says he was joking
July 26, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Gun law examined after trial
July 24, 2013
Union Leader: More than fifty original mayors have quit Bloomberg's anti-gun group
July 15, 2013
Eagle Tribune: Bill's aim: Flag mental illness on gun permits
Valley News: Concealed carry is now legal in all 50 states
July 6, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Giffords calls for courage on guns from NH
July 5, 2013
NHPR: Former Congresswoman Giffords' tour pushes for stronger background checks
July 3, 2013
Union Leader: Legal fund set up for man subdued, arrested at gun rally
July 1, 2013
NHPR: Gun control tour brings Arizona's Giffords to N.H. this week
June 25, 2013
Seacoast Online: Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly to visit N.H. to promote gun laws
Union Leader: "Gabby" Giffords to visit NH to urge Ayotte to back expanded gun sales background checks
June 21, 2013
Union Leader: NH GOP chair asks Dover mayor to resign from Bloomberg group in wake of rally naming killers victims of gun violence
Concord Monitor: Hot Topic: Trading shots over the anti-gun violence rally
June 19, 2013
Union Leader: Concord police stun, arrest gun rights protestor after officer touched on shoulder
June 18, 2013
WMUR: Biden: 'Country has changed' on gun violence
June 17, 2013
NHPR: 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' bus tour to make stop in Concord
June 12, 2013
Valley News: Newport gun range withdrawal is official with vote Tuesday
June 11, 2013
Union Leader: Bay state man gets prison for illegal gun buys in NH
June 10, 2013
Seacoast Online: Citizen group to hold talk on gun violence
Valley News: N.H. looks at including mental health records in gun background checks
June 9, 2013
Concord Monitor: Hassan, N.H. officials think it's time to include mental health records in gun background checks
June 8, 2013
WMUR: States tighten, loosen gun laws after Newtown
Seacoast Online: On guns and more, N.H. Sen. Ayotte backs GOP leaders
May 24, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Effort to repeal 'Stand Your Ground' law fails
Seacoast Online: N.H. stand-your-ground law stands
May 17, 2013
Seacoast Online: Ayotte still a lightning rod in gun control debate
May 16, 2013
Union Leader: Advocacy group keeps spotlight on Ayotte gun vote
Seacoast Online: Advocacy group, Newtown families criticize Ayotte on gun control
May 15, 2013
Union Leader: Seabrook gun owner could spend twice as long in jail as person who pulled trigger
May 13, 2013
Citizen of Laconia: Family of Vt. man sues gun makers and gun shop
Union Leader: Gun control backers turn up heat on selected senators, including NH's Sen. Ayotte
Seacoast Online: Rubio's PAC airing ads defending Ayotte on guns
Keene Sentinel: Alstead gun shop sued over death
May 12, 2013
WMUR: Honoring cops, Obama keeps pressure on gun control
May 11, 2013
Valley News: Family sues gun shop, gun makers
Seacoast Online: Some Pa. state schools allow guns amid review
May 10, 2013
Washington Post: Gun-control groups winning New Hampshire air war
May 9, 2013
WMUR: Rubio backs up Ayotte on gun vote
Seacoast Online: U.S. Congress skirmishing over gun control laws
May 8, 2013
WMUR: Study: Gun violence drops in past 20 years
NHPR: NRA spends $25K on TV ad backing Sen. Ayotte
Keene Sentinel: Gun crime has plunged, but Americans think it's up, studies find
Seacoast Online: Senate rejects firearms on more federal lands
Union Leader: Sen. Kelly Ayotte: We need a background check system that works
May 7, 2013
WMUR: OFA collects 1.4 million signatures for gun control
Seacoast Online: Ayotte's defense of gun law votes follows criticism
Eagle Tribune: Ayotte: I voted to improve background check system
May 6, 2013
Seacoast Online: Sen. Ayotte: I voted to improve background check system
May 5, 2013
Seacoast Online: NRA, gun control advocates say fight far from over
May 4, 2013
Concord Monitor: NRA celebrates gun-control defeat as tension builds for senators
May 3, 2013
Union Leader: NRA official to gun owners: 'Our freedom is under attack'
Seacoast Online: A spiritual look at gun violence
May 2, 2013
Union Leader: Ayotte hears about gun vote at gathering
May 1, 2013
Concord Monitor: N.H. Senate panel recommends killing "stand your ground" repeal
April 30, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte defends gun control vote
April 29, 2013

Nashua Telegraph: Group blasts Ayotte for gun control vote
NHPR: Critics rally against Sen. Ayotte's vote on background checks
April 28, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte commended for gun control stance
Nashua Telegraph: Suicide prevention focuses on gun shops
April 26, 2013

Union Leader: Ayotte among bipartisan groups of senators quietly seeking path forward on gun control
April 25, 2013
Union Leader: Monadnock gun shops out of ammo
April 24, 2013
Seacoast Online: N.H.'s stand-your-ground repeal gets Senate hearing
WMUR: Poll: Less than half upset about gun vote
April 23, 2013
Seacoast Online: Groups push Senate to repeal N.H. stand-your-ground law
NHPR: "Stand Your Ground" repeal gets Senate hearing
April 21, 2013
Eagle Tribune: NH suicide prevention project focuses on gun shops
April 19, 2013
Eagle Tribune: Ayotte's vote puts her in the crossfire
April 18, 2013
Seacoast Online: Gun control backers: Senate defeat won't stop us
Nashua Telegraph: Ayotte announces opposition to compromise gun control
Eagle Tribune: Gun control loses: no expanded background checks
April 17, 2013
Seacoast Online: Ayotte votes against extended background checks for gun owners
Union Leader: Ayotte votes no on gun sale background checks
Union Leader: NRA announces ad buy to promote poll of police than runs counter to gun control
April 15, 2013
Citizen of Laconia: Gun debate revives questions about self-defense
Eagle Tribune: Close vote seen on background checks for gun buyers
April 14, 2013
NHPR: High demand drives up prices at Concord gun show
Union Leader: Teen's death stokes gun law debate
April 13, 2013
Seacoast Online: Residents join together to fight gun violence
Foster's Daily Democrat: Dover event today to target gun violence
April 12, 2013

Union Leader: Ayotte helps Democrats avoid gun filibuster
Union Leader: Giffords to launch in-person push for gun law compromise, targets Ayotte and Collins
April 11, 2013
Seacoast Online: Residents rally behind gun-prevention effort
Seacoast Online: Senate ready to launch gun control debate
NHPR: Officers continue with civil suit against Greenland shooter's mother
April 10, 2013

Citizen of Laconia: Gun rights battle across the nation
Seacoast Online: Senators unveil bipartisan deal on gun sales background check
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gun violence prevention forum tonight
Union Leader: Key U.S. senators announce deal on background checks for gun buyers
April 9, 2013
Seacoast Online: Portsmouth Dems hosting Gun Violence Prevention forum
April 8, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Quietly and behind the scenes, gun research and regulation stymied
Seacoast Online: City Dems host gun violence prevention forum Wednesday
April 7, 2012

Nashua Telegraph: Gun incidents up in Nashua, but police uncertain if stats are a glitch or a trend
April 5, 2013
Keene Sentinel: States move quickly, divergently on gun laws
April 3, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: NRA study suggests trained, armed school staffers
April 2, 2013

NHPR: Author of NH's 'stand your ground' bill says law is working
April 1, 2013
NHPR: Live Blog: The fate of N.H.'s 'Stand Your Ground' law
WMUR: NRA to announce school safety measures
March 31, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Sen. Ayotte close on gun buyers' criminal checks
March 30, 2013
Union Leader: Gun companies wooed by NH conservatives
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gun violence prevention in N.H. topic of Portsmouth forum
Concord Monitor: Unhappy about new limits, gun makers urged to move to NH
March 29, 2013
WMUR: Gun control advocates hold rally in Portsmouth
March 28, 2013
Concord Monitor: NH House votes, by narrow margin, to repeal state's 'stand your ground' law
Eagle-Tribune: House votes to repeal 'stand your ground'
Nashua Telegraph: 189-184 vote sendsd proposed repeal of 'stand your ground' law to Senate, where fate in doubt
NHPR: NH House votes to repeal 'stand your ground'
NHPR: House rejects eliminating gun license requirement
Seacoast Online: Gun control backers struggle to win some Democrats
Seacoast Online: NH House: Retreat required before using deadly force
Union Leader: NH House narrowly votes to repeal 'stand your ground' law
WMUR: House votes to repeal stand your ground law
March 27, 2013
Foster's Daily Democrat: Man openly carrying gun while walking prompts alarm, police response in Wakefield
NHPR: House rejects eliminating gun license requirement
Union Leader: House votes to keep concealed-weapons permits in place
Union Leader: Repeal of 'stand your ground' law up for vote Wednesday
March 26, 2013
Union Leader: Newport gun range up against three appeals
March 25, 2013
Union Leader: NYC mayor bankrolls $12M ad buy in NH, elsewhere in push for gun restrictions
Union Leader: Weare gun store owner points to 2nd Amendment in fight to stay open
Eagle Tribune: Both sides of the gun debate make public appeals
March 24, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Congressional leaders weigh in on gun control debate
March 23, 2013
Politifact: Most people trying to buy a gun illegally are never prosecuted, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says
March 22, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Mental illness and guns: the issue is suicide
March 20, 2013
Washington Times: Vermont tops list of gun-friendly states
March 15, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Rindge class will discuss gun safety
March 14, 2013
Union Leader: 'Carnage' of gun violence must stop, Anglican bishops say
Union Leader: Assault weapons ban clears US Senate panel
Union Leader: House says no to guns in NH schools
March 13, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: NH lawmakers shoot down bill that could have armed teachers
March 12, 2013
Seacoast Online: Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks
March 10, 2013
Union Leader: Concerned by Sandy Hook, Rindge offers gun class
March 7, 2013
Union Leader: gun permit applications quadruple in Wolfeboro
March 3, 2013
Seacoast Online: Guns, violence and mental health; a psychiatrist's perspective
Nashua Telegraph: Sargent: Senate deal near on background checks
March 2, 2013
Citizen of Laconia: Holder urges law students to counter gun violence
March 1, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Gun shop display rankles some in Merrimack
WMUR: Committee recommends repealing Stand Your Ground law
February 24, 2013
Nashua Telegraph: Survivalism, gun laws discussed at Free State forum
February 23, 2013

Eagle Tribune: Local couple pays for gun buyback program
February 22, 2013
Seacoast Online: N.H. educators fight bill that could arm teachers in state schools
February 21, 2013
Union Leader: Committee hears testimony on bill to allow teachers firearms in school
Union Leader: bill to restrict firearms rights draws gun owners' ire
Union Leader: Gun rights supporters turn out at Statehouse hearing
NHPR: Supporters of bill allowing for armed teachers say N.H. schools are vulnerable
NHPR: Gun owners cite constitutional rights in objection to open carry bill
February 20, 2013
Seacoast Online: N.H. House OKs bill to give owners immunity if stolen gun used in crime
Union Leader: House backs immunity for gun owners whose guns are stolen
NHPR: House wants lawsuit protection for gun owners
February 19, 2013
Seacoast Online: Gun giveaways in N.H., other states stoke debate after Newtown shooting
February 18, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Areas with higher rates of gun ownership have higher rates of suicide
February 15, 2013
NHPR: Gun crime in New Hampshire is well below national average
NHPR: Gun shops and mental health advocates partner to prevent suicides
Citizen of Laconia: Guns kill fewer people than you think
February 14, 2013
NHPR: N.H. Congressional delegation reacts to gun gun control measures
NHPR: Colebrook residents: We don't view guns through the lens of gun violence
Eagle Tribune: Report links violent media, mental health and guns to mass shootings
February 13, 2013
NHPR: Stand your ground equals more gun deaths?
NHPR: Map: Where New Hampshire's gun manufacturers are (and aren't)
NHPR: Too rural for guns? Firearms not widespread in 18th century New Hampshire
Eagle Tribune: Gun rights group meets in Plaistow
February 12, 2013
NHPR: Which state has the most machine guns per capita? New Hampshire
NHPR: An officer's perspective
NHPR: How should guns be stored?
NHPR: Keeping guns loaded, unlocked at home with children can be deadly
NHPR: Commitment issues: Guns and the mentally ill
February 11, 2013
NHPR: High profile moments affect New Hampshire's political consensus on guns
NHPR: A gun owner on gun laws
NHPR: NH benefits from firearms boom
NHPR: Infographic: Guns: A primer
NHPR: Gun buyers face few restrictions in NH
February 8, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Rindge man in middle of gun-control debate
WMUR: Poll shows support for gun background checks, less for ban
February 4, 2013
Citizen of Laconia: Conservatives make gun issue new rallying cry
Citizen of Laconia: NRA likens universal checks to registry
Nashua Telegraph: More Granite Staters buying guns, looking to carry concealed guns, since Newtown shooting
WMUR: Obama on gun control: 'We have obligation to try'
February 3, 2013
Seacoast Online: Shea-Porter: Time for sensible gun legislation
February 1, 2013
Concord Monitor: Gun rally draws nearly 300 to State House
January 31, 2013
Union Leader: Speakers tell Second Amendment crowd gun rights are 'a line drawn in granite'
Union Leader: Rindge man plays a part in national gun control talks
NHPR: 2nd Amendment rally draws hundreds to Concord
January 28, 2013
Citizen of Laconia: Leading Democrat: Gun control faces uphill climb
January 27, 2013
WMUR: Gun owners won't be forgotten in debate, Obama says
January 26, 2013
Union Leader: 'Assault weapon' not easily defined
Union Leader: More women seen taking up firearms
Foster's Daily Democrat: Area sheriffs: Too soon to weigh in on gun control
Foster's Daily Democrat: President's executive orders on gun control elicit mixed opinions
January 24, 2013
Union Leader: Poll shows Granite Staters strongly favor 'assault weapons' ban, full background checks
NHPR: NEC poll finds support for tighter gun laws
January 22, 2013
Eagle Tribune: N.H. delegation slow to endorse Obama's gun control proposals
January 21, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Lawmaker wants to ban open carry
January 20, 2013
WMUR: Gun advocates meet at NH Statehouse
Foster's Daily Democrat: New Hampshire has most machine guns per capita in the country
NHPR: Pro-gun rally in concord attracts large crowd
January 19, 2013
Union Leader: Applications for gun licenses must fill out form, await background check
Union Leader: Requests up for gun licenses
January 18, 2013
Citizen of Laconia: Sheriffs, lawmakers push back on gun control
January 17, 2013
Eagle Tribune: N.H. residents react to gun-control proposal
January 16, 2013
Seacoast Online: Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Americans back stricter gun laws
January 15, 2013
WMUR: Gun raffles causes controversy in wake of Newtown shooting
Foster's Daily Democrat: Shea-Porter backing new gun control measures
January 14, 2013
Keene Sentinel: Many mentally ill missing from gun background-check system
Nashua Telegraph: Manchester gun show draws long lines
WMUR: Poll finds dissatisfaction rising in gun laws
WMUR: Obama says gun lobby stokes fear
January 13, 2013
Union Leader: Gun groups predict assault weapon ban will fail in Congress
January 12, 2013
NHPR: Manchester gun show draws a big crowd
January 11, 2013
NHPR: Democratic lawmaker wants to repeal "stand your ground" law
NHPR: Grappling over gun laws
January 10, 2013
Union Leader: NH gun bills filed, but not because of Newtown
January 7, 2013
Concord Monitor: White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings
Concord Monitor: Gathering call for action on gun laws
NHPR: An active shooter: Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best
Valley News: Lawmakers urged to act on gun laws
January 5, 2013
WMUR: New Congress opens to rush of gun bills
January 3, 2013
Eagle Tribune: NH House reinstates gun ban in chamber
January 2, 2012
Citizen of Laconia: NH representatives to vote on Statehouse gun ban
January 1, 2013
WMUR: Doctors urged to join gun debate
December 31, 2012
Citizen of Laconia: Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gun control, Medicaid, marijuana all subjects of many 2013 N.H. bill proposals
NHPR: N.H. lawmaker wants to make training a prerequisite to owning firearms
December 28, 2012
NHPR: Jan. 1 law change makes it legal to carry guns in N.H. fish and game refuges
December 27, 2012
Concord Monitor: More Americans favor stronger gun laws after Newtown shooting, poll shows
December 26, 2012
Citizen of Laconia: US gun support runs far deeper than politics
Eagle Tribune: NH Statehouse gun ban gaining support
December 24, 2012
Citizen of Laconia: School official chief scoffs at NRA proposal
Nashua Telegraph: Schools review security measures in wake of Conn. school shootings
Nashua Telegraph: NH Sens. Ayotte and Shaheen non-specific about their stance on gun control
December 23, 2012
Nashua Telegraph: Newtown shooting may have little impact on NH gun legislation
Nashua Telegraph: NH sets record on background checks for gun sales after Newtown shootings
NHPR: Manchester Superintendent skeptical about NRA proposal to put guns in schools
Union Leader: NRA defends call for armed guards at schools
WMUR: Republicans not jumping onto NRA's gun plan
December 22, 2012
Concord Monitor: NH gun owners doubt restrictions would reduce shootings
Keene Sentinel: NRA: Arm all schools
Nashua Telegraph: Greater Nashua schools don't favor arming staff members
Nashua Telegraph: Officials aim to change NH gun laws
WMUR: New Hampshire debates gun control
December 21, 2012
Citizen of Laconia: Gun laws show difficulty of stemming violent acts
Concord Monitor: Democrats move toward reinstating ban on guns in House chamber, nearby areas
Keene Sentinel: Most support gun laws, not bans
NHPR: How New Hampshire gun laws stack up against Vermont's and Massachusetts'
Seacoast Online: Portsmouth rep. leads charge to ban weapons at Statehouse
December 20, 2012
Concord Monitor: Guns may be banned at State House - again
Keene Sentinel: Obama: Gun laws need reform
Nashua Telegraph: NH's senators, incoming reps, governor call for gun control review
NHPR: Democrats move to ban guns in N.H. House
Seacoast Online: Gun laws show difficulty of stemming violent acts
Seacoast Online: Rep wants State House gun ban back
Union Leader: House Rules Committee votes to ban guns at State House
December 19, 2012
Citizen of Laconia: Gun advocates apprehensive of changes after massacre
Keene Sentinel: Lawmakers seem prepared to tackle issue of gun control
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan joins officials calling for dialogue on gun control
NHPR: Day after Connecticut shooting, N.H. sets record for handgun background checks
Seacoast Online: Pressure mounts for gun control
Seacoast Online: N.H. town seeks to repeal Town Hall gun ban
Union Leader: Salem forced to repeal ban on weapons in Town Hall
December 18, 2012
Concord Monitor: Shaheen, Shea-Porter, Kuster back assault weapons ban; Ayotte wants thorough review of laws
Concord Monitor: Area schools reassure students, parents in wake of Newtown school shooting
Foster's Daily Democrat: In wake of school shootings, locals split on tougher gun control
Seacoast Online: Local lawmakers, police weigh in as pressure mounts for gun control
December 17, 2012
Union Leader: Shaheen, Shea-Porter, Kuster call for assault weapons ban after Newtown shootings
WMUR: Ayotte statement on shootings, gun control laws
WMUR: Shaheen statement on shootings, gun control laws
Seacoast Online: Shaheen calls for assault weapons ban in wake of Connecticut shootings
December 16, 2012
Union Leader: Sandy Hook, Conn. incident restarts debate on gun laws
WMUR: Connecticut governor wants tougher federal laws
December 15, 2012
Keene Sentinel: Gun control debate begins anew
December 14, 2012
Seacoast Online: Connecticut school shooting revives gun debate
December 13, 2012
Union Leader: Guns-to-work laws spread as U.S. businesses fight firearms group
December 9, 2012
Union Leader: Lawyers agree that residents have rights on lethal force
November 25, 2012
Eagle Tribune: Gun buyback nets rifles, pistols, and one grenade
November 20, 2012
Eagle Tribune: No charges filed for shotgun at school
November 14, 2012
WMUR: Webster: Give gun owners what they want
November 9, 2012
WMUR: Obama's re-election drives gun sales
October 20, 2012
Concord Monitor: Under Obama, gun industry thriving
October 19, 2012
Union Leader: NRA president visits Londonderry, blasts Obama
October 18, 2012
Union Leader: Possibility of a shooting in Londonderry conservation area called 'accident waiting to happen'
October 15, 2012
Concord Monitor: Debate digs into policy of public safety
October 9, 2012
Concord Monitor: Guns in play for debate 7
October 6, 2012
Keene Sentinel: Gun makers, sellers: Sales booming
September 14, 2012
Wall Street Journal: Gun sales hinge on Obama re-election
August 12, 2012
Concord Monitor: Experts: Gun violence needs a new approach
July 29, 2012

Nashua Telegraph: Colo. shooting hasn't swayed NH lawmakers on guns
July 23, 2012
WMUR: Gun control debated after theater massacre
July 21, 2012
WMUR: Gun-control, gun-rights group to square off
July 12, 2012
Seacoast Online: Man accused of firing gun outside pub claims self defense
July 10, 2012
Seacoast Online: Seabrook Planning Board member gets suspended jail sentence
Eagle Tribune: Court says gun owner not negligent in shooting
July 9, 2012
Seacoast Online: Court says gun owner not negligent in N.H. shooting
July 2, 2012
Seacoast Online: Woman: Killer's grandfather failed to secure gun
WMUR: Victim's mother sues gun owner in NH shooting
June 29, 2012
Reuters: Elections, women fuel Smith & Wesson gun demand
June 19, 2012
Union Leader: Conway lawsuit claims gun owner liable for murders committed by gun thief
Union Leader: Firing range has residents fired up
June 18, 2012
Concord Monitor: Conway: Gunowner may be liable
May 3, 2012
Union Leader: Gun bill muzzled in Senate
WMUR: Bill on optional gun licenses tabled
May 1, 2012
Concord Monitor: Bill would make gun licenses optional
April 30, 2012
WMUR: Bill makes gun licenses optional
WMUR: NH Senate set to vote on gun license bill
April 22, 2012
Eagle Tribune: New Hampshire sees 15 violent deaths in 13 days
April 18, 2012
Foster's Daily Democrat: UNH expert: Gun deaths rare, but unsettling in N.H.
April 16, 2012
WMUR: Trayvon Martin case also about guns
April 10, 2012
Eagle Tribune: Judge grants gun permit after police chief says no
Union Leader: Court rules against town for failing to act on gun permit
February 23, 2012

Foster's Daily Democrat: Public sides heavily with Farmington man who fired gun to stop burglary suspect
February 22, 2012
Foster´s Daily Democrat: Gun advocates defend Farmington man who held suspect at bay
February 9, 2012
Concord Monitor: Gun bills derailed in Senate
February 8, 2012
Union Leader: House kills without debate restoration of gun rights to non-violent felons
February 6, 2012
Seacoast Online: Police in N.H. towns sued for gun seizure
January 31, 2012
Union Leader: Gun-free refuges? Wildlife & self-defense
January 27, 2012

Concord Monitor: Officials argue against NH House bill that would allow guns on campus
January 26, 2012
Union Leader: Panel weighs all arguments in gun bill debate
January 24, 2012
Union Leader: Public safety officials blast bills to soften firearms laws
January 4, 2012
Concord Monitor: Lynch vows to veto gun bills