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NH House Leaders Respond to Senate Override Vote on SB 88 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements after the State Senate voted (17-7) to override Governor Lynch’s veto on Senate Bill 88, which would ensure lawful gun owners in New Hampshire have an asserted right defend themselves when threatened.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“We are one step closer to becoming the 32nd state to have a Castle Doctrine or ‘Stand your Ground’ law. We applaud the Senate for overturning the Governor’s veto and standing with the people of New Hampshire and will work in the House to do the same. This is a common sense measure that ensures Granite Staters right to protect themselves.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Taking away the right of armed self-defense from law abiding citizens does nothing to reduce crime. SB 88 was passed by both chambers of New Hampshire’s legislature to confirm the existence of an unalienable right and House Republicans will work to join the Senate in overturning the Governor’s assault on that right.”


Bettencourt statement on SB88 press conference

The following statement was issued today by House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt following a press conference held by a number of Second Amendment organizations supporting an override of Governor L ynch's veto of Senate Bill 88.
"It is important that we get the correct message out to our citizens that SB88 will not result in the mass mayhem that the governor has warned, but rather makes three very important changes to our gun laws, including two changes that came in direct response to problems encountered by law-abiding gun owners.  I applaud these Second Amendment groups for coming forward today and working together in support of overriding the governor's veto of this important legislation. 

House Republicans React to Governor's Gun Confiscation Tour 

CONCORD – House Speaker Pro Tempore Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett), Deputy House Speaker Pamela Tucker (R-Greenland) and Rep. Jennifer Coffey (R-Andover) today released the following reaction to the Governor’s tour across the state lobbying against a self defense bill (SB 88).

House Speaker Pro Tempore Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett):

“I am of the strong belief that law abiding New Hampshire citizens should have a right to defend themselves anywhere they are legally allowed to be. The Governor’s lobbying tour against crime is especially disingenuous since he championed SB 500 last year, which allowed the release of hundreds of convicted sex offenders and violent criminals onto the streets of New Hampshire. I am a strong admirer of the law enforcement community in this state but I do believe some of them are on the wrong side of this issue. No one should have to make the choice between defense and trying to escape from harm’s way.”

Deputy House Speaker Pamela Tucker (R-Greenland):

“While deadly force should never be used lightly, I do believe New Hampshire citizens have the right to defend themselves when they are threatened.”

Rep. Jennifer Coffey (R-Andover):

“The citizens of New Hampshire deserve the same rights that the Governor, Manchester Police Chief David Mara, and Hampton Police Chief James Sullivan are afforded. Both the police chiefs travel with loaded guns and the Governor with a personal bodyguard. Common sense indicates they would use those tools to protect themselves in the event their lives were threatened. Self-defense is an unalienable right for all people not just high elected officials and law enforcement—Granite Staters’ lives are equally as valuable and precious as the Governor’s. Self a defense is a basic human right.”