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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today the House of Representatives voted 199-177 to pass Senate Bill 154. Following the vote Representative David Meuse (D-Portsmouth) released the following statement:

“Senate Bill 154 is not about protecting 2nd Amendment rights. Our state and federal constitutions already protect gun rights. It is also not about protecting the state from the federal government overstepping its authority and “commandeering” state resources to enforce federal laws. What SB 154 is about is driving up gun sales for manufacturers by driving a wedge in the cooperation between our state, local and federal governments when it comes to addressing gun violence.

Unlike COVID, there is no vaccine for a bullet. But there are things we can do as legislators to protect public safety and reduce the risk of gun tragedies through laws, regulations, and executive orders at the state and federal level. Prohibiting our state law enforcement from assisting federal agents or cooperating with federal law is an active threat to public safety and public health in this state. Governor Sununu must veto this chaotic right-wing attack on Granite State citizens and law enforcement.”

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today the House of Representatives voted 197-180 to pass Senate Bill 141, relative to procedures for conducting firearm background checks. Following the vote, Representative Linda Harriott-Gathright (D-Nashua), Ranking Democrat on the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, released the following statement:

“Senate Bill 141 would effectively repeal the state’s partial point of contact system for handguns and would shift responsibility for conducting handgun background checks from the state police over to the FBI. This is a dangerous bill that would leave those with a violent criminal history with the potential to obtain a firearm in our state. With 40-50% of all homicides in New Hampshire related to domestic violence, now is not the time to switch from a system that is working to one with critical gaps that has the potential to endanger lives. This bill also imposes an unfunded mandate on counties with no sufficient funding for county sheriffs to implement the changes. It is disturbing that House Republicans are choosing to put Granite Staters lives in danger to fix a system that is not even broken and charge taxpayers more to do it. Most importantly, this bill could cost Granite Staters their lives and we urge Governor Sununu not to sign this for the safety of all in our state.”

On Friday, May 21 members of the House Young Democratic Caucus sent a letter to Governor Sununu and held a press conference about the importance of using state and American Rescue Plan funds to expand access to critical mental health services across the state.

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