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Citizens For A Strong NH - Statement on Hassan's Veto of SB 116 Concealed Carry


(July 6, 2015) -  This afternoon, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed SB 116, a bipartisan bill that would have eliminated the license requirement to conceal firearms.


Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:   


"Governor Maggie Hassan's veto of SB 116 today was yet another example of our state's chief executive ignoring New Hampshire values and embracing liberal special interests simply for the benefit of her own political career. To say we are disappointed in her actions is an understatement, but given her continuous record of stonewalling bipartisan legislation to keep Washington liberals happy, we are not surprised.


"Vetoing this bipartisan bill does nothing more than support Second Amendment restrictions on those that obey the law. While extreme out-of-state donors might be cheering her actions, law abiding Granite Staters are the ones who suffer."



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Women's Defense League of NH - Governor Hassan supports State-Sanctioned Discrimination 

After nearly 3 months of waiting, the Women's Defense League was granted an audience, not with Governor Margaret Wood Hassan, but with junior staff members, to discuss its position on SB 116, a bill making optional New Hampshire's pistol license.
Passed by both chambers of the NH legislature, SB 116 would also replace 92 years of discrimination by replacing the amorphous phrase "suitable person" with the crystal-clear "not prohibited by state or federal law."  
The League presented the staff members with briefing books containing a detailed history of New Hampshire's pistol law, tracing it back to New York's 1911 Sullivan Act, a law that allowed for legal discrimination against ethnic and racial minorities. It became law in NH in 1923, ironically 3 years after women gained the right to vote.
The Governor's staff dismissed the documented history as simply the League's "perspective" and, when confronted with the deadly reality of women's rights being left to the discretion of local law enforcement, said women who felt aggrieved could pursue legal remedies. The very detailed and objective poll commissioned by the League demonstrating that 71% of ALL NH citizens support an end to discretionary and discriminatory licensing was dismissed as "rank partisanship."

The Governor's Office believes that even women in dangerous situations such as
NJ woman Carol Bowne, murdered while waiting for her pistol permit, should just wait, hope they aren't attacked in the meantime and fight a pistol license denial in court. We find this not only egregious but given the fact that women ARE being discriminated against, we find it unconscionable Governor Hassan would take this stance.

Appalled by this shallow and callous attitude, the League pressed for a meeting with Governor Hassan to make its case face to face; however, her staff averred saying they would "certainly" make our perspective known to her.

Apparently, the Governor is unwilling to meet with NH citizens with whom she does not agree.  Perhaps NH is becoming the "live free but do not disagree state."


Women's Defense League of NH - Pistol License POLL Results for NH 

NH Pistol License Poll Results

This is a follow up release after today's press conference and contains the actual poll results!

Recently, both the Senate and the House passed Senate Bill 116 which makes the pistol license optional in the state of New Hampshire for those legally able to possess and purchase firearms at both the state and federal level.
Most voters are unaware of the historical reasons a pistol license was put into place in New Hampshire and do realize that the state-sanctioned discrimination it created continues today.
833 registered New Hampshire voters were interviewed from May 18 to 22, 2015. The margin of sampling error is +/-3.4%. Included were 294 Democrats; 343 Republicans and 296 Undeclared. 100% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone. There was a total of 6 questions asked throughout each county in New Hampshire; following is a summary of the findings:

  • A super majority of registered voters agree that a person should be able to defend themselves with a firearm across the board.   
  • Vermont does not have a pistol licensing law and has never had one yet they continue to have a lower crime rate than New Hampshire. A majority of registered voters agree that Vermont’s lack of a pistol license law discourages crime with others believing it has no effect and a small percentage that believes it promotes crime.  
  • When registered voters were told why the current pistol license law was set up –  “to bar union member Irish and Italian immigrants and their families from possessing a concealed firearm” and that the law still allowed police to use their own judgement for suitability based on this law, over 71% opposed allowing this to continue.  
  • Registered voters also believe women in emergency situations shouldn’t have to wait 14 days to get their pistol license and they also don’t agree that the current pistol license law does anything to stop criminals from carrying concealed.  
  • Finally, a super majority of registered voters doesn’t believe that money from a few wealthy out-of-state people should be influencing gun control measures in New Hampshire.  
  • In conclusion, it appears that registered voters from across the state and across party lines all agree by an overwhelming majority that Granite Staters should not only have the right to defend themselves with a firearm but they shouldn’t be subject to the current pistol license law due to their overwhelming agreement that local police shouldn’t decide who is “suitable.”  
  • Below are the questions in their entirety listed in chronological order of how they were asked along with the results and breakdown of the demographics.

The poll results can be found here.


Women's Defense League of NH - New Poll Results in NH on SB 116 




NH Supports SB 116 and the End of State-Sanctioned Discrimination

The Women's Defense League of New Hampshire (The League) conducted our first state-wide poll and finds overwhelming support for making pistol licenses optional.
Contrary to an April 9-13, 2015 Public Policy Poll (PPP) widely cited by NH Democrat legislators and Governor Maggie Hassan, when given the background of NH’s pistol license statute, WDL found that over 71% of NH voters oppose the current statute giving local law enforcement the unilateral authority to decide who is and is not “suitable” to discreetly carry a loaded firearm.
Understanding that NH’s pistol license was enacted in 1923 to legally discriminate against NH’s ethnic minorities – primarily Irish, Italian and French-Canadian – and emerging private trade unions like the United Textile workers, The League believed that if NH citizens understood that chapter in NH history, they would oppose its continued existence. 
The survey results prove that New Hampshire voters, regardless of party affiliation, overwhelmingly disapprove of the current pistol license law and believe the state-sanctioned discrimination that has been allowed for almost 100 years must end.
As we have previously stated, The League does not believe that Governor Hassan knew of the discrimination that has occurred thanks to the current pistol license law and we know that the Governor would prefer to vote how the majority of her constituents would want her to.
The League will be holding a press conference Tuesday, May 26th at NOON in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building to discuss the results of the poll and to provide the details of those results.
Women's Defense League of New Hampshire