NH House Leaders Respond to Governor's Veto of Bill to Protect Gun Owners Rights

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements in response to Governor Lynch’s veto of Senate Bill 88, legislation to allow gun owners to defend themselves from deadly force, immunize themselves from civil liability from defending themselves and ensure that dimply displaying a firearm does not constitute a crime, as was found in the case with Ward Bird.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Both the U.S. and New Hampshire Constitutions clearly protect our citizens’ right to own and carry firearms.  This common-sense bill simply ensures that in New Hampshire, lawful gun owners can defend themselves when they are threatened.  SB 88 would make New Hampshire the 32nd state to have a Castle Doctrine or ‘Stand your Ground’ law, and we should have been a leader in this important area of protecting individual rights.  It’s unfortunate that Governor Lynch has once again chosen to stand against the rights of lawful gun owners, but we firmly expect to override this veto and affirm New Hampshire as the ‘Live Free or Die’ state.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Today, Governor Lynch continued to show opposition to the spirit of the 2nd Amendment.  Having the right to carry a firearm, but then saying that you can’t use it to defend yourself when your life is in danger is absurd and shows a lack of respect for the safety of Granite Staters.  It’s clear that the governor pays lip service but does not support gun owners’ rights, just as his fellow Democrats in the legislature consistently blocked this important protection for our citizens.  House Republicans will embrace the opportunity to override this veto ensuring that we give our citizens the tools necessary to protect themselves.”