CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement following House action on HB 1264, a bill originally intended to address concealed carry permit rules for out-of-staters, but via an amendment, was changed to a study commission with a politically charged focus. The bill was tabled by a vote of 186-150.
House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)
“A simple bill with good intentions was targeted by anti-second amendment advocates in the legislature as a vehicle for their agenda. The bill, as amended, was a dramatic departure from the intent of the original bill and is clearly an attempt to further the discussion on universal background checks and scrutiny on gun owners. The House, just over a month ago, already dismissed HB1589, a bill that sought to study similar issues. The bill was defeated by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, 242-118.”
“Clearly the procedural questions that were raised during the debate were enough to convince a bipartisan majority of the House that HB 1264 should not move forward. The House has rules and procedures by which we should operate and many members thought this was the wrong bill brought about the wrong way.”
“This is another demonstration that the majority of New Hampshire House members respect the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners.”