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Release: New Hampshire State Senate's Judiciary Committee Advances "Constitutional Carry"

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(February 3, 2015) - The New Hampshire State Senate's Judiciary Committee voted 3-1 today to recommend SB 116 to the full State Senate. Commonly referred to as "Constitutional Carry," this legislation would "repeal the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver." 


Senators Sharon Carson, Sam Cataldo, and Gary Daniels voted in support of SB 116. Senator Davie Pierce was the lone vote against it as Senator Betty Lasky was absent for the vote.


The bill now heads to the full State Senate for their consideration. 


If the bill passes both chambers and becomes law, New Hampshire would join Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and Vermont as states not requiring a license to carry a concealed weapon.


Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"Vermont, our neighbor to the west, has long had a similar Constitutional Carry law on their books and their state has been regarded as the safest in the nation. New Hampshire should follow suit. It is time to finally remove this onerous requirement and support law-abiding gun owners. The Second Amendment is a right. Legislators shouldn't require lawful individuals to have to get a government permission slip to act on it.


"We strongly commend Senators Carson, Cataldo, and Daniels for supporting constitutional carry this afternoon with their vote to recommend SB 116. Once taken up by the full State Senate, we hope a vast majority of their colleagues will join with them to help pass the legislation and send it to the New Hampshire House."

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