Pierce, the Lebanon Democrat, was on the losing end of a 3-1 vote Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved a controversial “constitutional carry” bill that would allow all gun owners in the state to carry a concealed firearm. Right now they can do so, but only if they first get a permit from local police.
As the only New Hampshire mayor on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors against Illegal Guns" coalition, Dover Mayor Dean Trefethen recently found himself answering some serious questions after a rally in Concord last week. At it, the group memorialized killers, including Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer who killed multiple individuals.
In response to criticism for his role in the group, the Dover mayor was quoted in both the Union Leader and Nashua Telegraph referencing Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's recent television advertisement focusing on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's deciding vote for Obamacare and the impact it will have on middle-class Granite Staters. Mayor Trefethen was quoted as saying that those criticizing him "should be outraged at an out-of-state group attacking Shaheen on Obamacare."
Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a Granite State issue advocacy group, would like to remind the Dover mayor that as our organization's name accurately asserts - we are a New Hampshire group, not an "out-of-state" organization.
Today, the Senate voted 19-5 to lay HB 135 on the table, which would have repealed New Hampshire's "Stand Your Ground" law.
Last month, when confronted about the House-passed repeal of "Stand Your Ground" legislation, Governor Hassan ran away from a representative of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire and refused to answer questions. She has since publicly said she supported the repeal.