CONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) offered the following statement relative to the passage of SB 116, a bill that allows a person to carry a loaded, concealed pistol or revolver without a license unless such person is otherwise prohibited by New Hampshire statute. SB 116 passed by a vote of 212-150.
House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)
“The vast majority of gun owners are law abiding citizens. SB 116 protects law abiding gun owners by advancing their right to carry a concealed firearm, as long as they are legally able to own one, without the subjective permitting process This is a reasonable and long overdue measure that will extend freedom for our responsible firearms community, and will be an overall deterrent to crime.”
“Contrary to what opponents of the bill would like us to believe, SB 116 will not enable a proliferation of criminal activity. This bill does not extend rights of those who would be otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm. Those with criminal intent will continue to obtain, carry, and use firearms in illegal ways. Impeding the rights of lawful gun owners based on the actions of criminals is unfair. The House vote today reflects the sentiment of New Hampshire voters who overwhelmingly support laws that uphold our “Live Free or Die” motto.”
We’ve put together the attached document to help better explain the detail of the House budget, as passed last week. It contains a thorough run down of changes and/or modifications in the budget, by division and by agency. It was generated with the help and input of members of the House Finance Committee, and uses data from the document distributed at the budget briefing on March 30th. It contains the final House positions, including changes that came as a result of floor amendments approved last week.
In case you missed it, we wanted to pass along the link to the re-broadcast of NHPR’s Exchange program from Monday, which featured House Finance Committee Chairman Neal Kurk (R-Weare), Rep. Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) and Steve Norton, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.
You can access the audio here: