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Sept. 16 - Governor Hassan's Statement on Sustained Veto of SB 116

Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2015

Communications Office

Governor Hassan's Statement on Sustained Veto of SB 116

CONCORD – Following the New Hampshire State Senate sustaining her veto of Senate Bill 116, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:

"New Hampshire's current concealed carry permitting law – which Republican Mel Thomson called a 'sensible handgun law' – has worked well for nearly a century, safeguarding the Second Amendment rights of our citizens while helping to keep the Granite State one of the safest states in the nation. Senate Bill 116 would have been a step away from that appropriate and responsible policy, which is why law enforcement and public safety officials, as well as citizens across New Hampshire, repeatedly expressed public safety concerns about the bill. I support the Second Amendment and I believe that Americans have a right to responsibly own guns for personal safety, hunting, and recreation, but we must also balance the rights of gun owners with the rights of all New Hampshire citizens to be safe in their communities, a balance that existing law appropriately strikes."