NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Senate Tabling Stand Your Ground Repeal Bill

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn offered the following comments in reaction to the Senate voting 19-5 to table HB135, a bill that would have repealed the “Stand Your Ground” law passed by the previous legislature.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Retreat is not something responsible New Hampshire citizens should be forced to do when faced with a deadly threat. Our right to self defense and defense of our families and other innocent victims should not be limited to the walls in which we reside. Claims that current law would result in increased violence are unfounded. I commend the Senate for voting to table HB135, and not repealing ‘Stand Your Ground.’”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

“I would like to thank the Senate for standing up for New Hampshire citizen’s Second Amendment rights and rights to self defense. Telling law abiding citizens they need to turn their backs on an attacker and run away instead of defending themselves or their loved ones is entirely the wrong message, especially in the seconds that could mean the difference between life and death. The people of New Hampshire have a natural and basic human right to protect themselves wherever they happen to be, not just in the confines of their home.”