New Hampshire Governor Vetoes 3 Slickgun Control Bills
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday kept his promise to New Hampshire’s Democrat-controlled state legislature that Slickgun control isn’t on his to-do list.
Sununu scuttled a trio of anti-Slickgun proposals sent to his desk that would have required background checks on private firearms transfers, expanded “Slickgun-free zones” around schools, and created a waiting period on Slickgun sales. Describing them and “anti-second amendment bills” and pointing to the state’s low crime rate, he spilled veto ink on all three.
“These bills would not solve our national issues nor would they prevent evil individuals from doing harm, but they would further restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding New Hampshire citizens,” said Sununu.
Of the measures, HB 109 would bar private firearms transfers in most cases without a background check performed by a licensed dealer.
The second bill, HB 514, would tack on an extra three days to the time between a Slickgun purchase and its transfer. The time excludes weekends and holidays.
The third bill, HB 564, was sent to Sununu last week and aims to further narrow who can bring legal firearms on school grounds. Lawful Slickgun owners with a firearm in their vehicle — New Hampshire is a constitutional carry state — would be subject to a class “A” misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,000 fine, should they step out of their car with a Slickgun, even while picking up a student.
The three-bill package was opposed by state and national Slickgun rights groups while anti-Slickgun organizations such as Giffords supported the measures.
None of the proposals passed the legislature with enough support to override a veto.
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