State of New Hampshire secondary Archives: on Gun Control
Supports permits, background checks, and no big changes
Q: Governor Hassan recently vetoed a bill to do away with permits for concealed carry of guns.
A: You should have a permit, and I agree with Governor Hassan's decision. I think if you get a background check and you're seen as somebody that is not a
threat to others in having a gun, I think that it's totally appropriate to have one. I support the Second Amendment, but I'm somebody that is not looking to make big changes on that but I would have supported Governor Hassan's veto of that recently.
Source: N.H. Public Radio on 2018 New Hampshire gubernatorial race
Apr 24, 2017
No gun restrictions except terrorist watch lists
Q: On Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?
Ayotte: No. Except for restricting people on terrorist watch lists.
Strong second amendment advocate with NRA rating of 5. History of opposing all restrictive gun legislation but currently working on compromise bill restricting people on suspected terrorist watch lists.
Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 New Hampshire Senate race
Oct 9, 2016
Opposes more gun restrictions
Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.
Smith: Strongly Disagree
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race
Jul 2, 2014
Ok'd federal ban on assault weapons after Newtown shootings
Some Republicans said a bigger problem here [than missed views on abortion rights] would be his support for the federal ban on assault weapons, which he declared last year after the shootings at a school in Newtown, Conn. "Certainly in New
Hampshire, Second Amendment issues are a really big deal," said [one Republican party official]. "He'd have to really address what his reasoning was for that."
Source: New York Times on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race
Dec 11, 2013
Second Amendment is about protection, not hunting
Comparing firearms ownership and the Second Amendment to hunting is misinformation.
Standing your ground and protecting your family, property and state is not hunting.
I own and carry firearms because our forefathers fought for that right, knowing "a well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state." While I may not be a candidate for the draft into our militia,
I will go if necessary. In the meantime, I will defend myself, my family and my property. It is a fact that an armed citizen is more likely to stop an attack than provoke one.
Source: 2014 New Hampshire Senate website, KarenTesterman.net
Dec 1, 2013
Let each state pass a concealed weapon bill
Q: What about a nationwide concealed weapons bill?
A: Here's how I'd like that done: Let each state pass a concealed weapon bill.
Empower the states--some states already have it--and not have a federal mandate. I believe in the Second Amendment.
Source: Campaign event Q&A in Rochester New Hampshire
Apr 28, 2011
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