Day Before Anniversary of Parkland Shooting, New Hampshire to Hold Public Hearings on Gun Free Schools, Background Checks, and Waiting Periods

HB 109 would close background check loopholes, HB 514 creates a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm, HB 564 keeps guns out of our schools, and HB 687 passes an extreme risk protection order

CONCORD, NH – On Wednesday, February 13th, the day before the anniversary of the Parkland school shooting tragedy, the New Hampshire legislature will hold public hearings on three of four priority gun violence prevention bills this session.

“It’s time for New Hampshire to pass a package of common sense gun violence prevention laws, including closing background check loopholes, creating a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm, keeping guns out of our elementary, middle, and high schools, and passing the popular, bipartisan extreme risk protection order which is improving public safety in states across the nation,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, director of GunSense NH, a project  of Granite State Progress, and convener of the NH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition.

Details on public hearings for each of the bills is below. The NH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition will host a media availability Wednesday, February 13th at 12 Noon in the LOB Lobby for reporters to speak directly with sponsors and supporters in between hearings.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

10:00 AM – Public Hearing on HB 564 Gun Free Schools –House Education Committee, LOB Room 210-211

12 Noon – NH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition Media Availability –Opportunity for members of the media to speak directly with advocates, including bill sponsors, parents, educators, students, medical professionals, and others in the LOB Lobby.

1:00 PM – Public Hearing on HB 109, Closing Background Check Loopholes –House Criminal Justice and Public Safety, LOB Room 210-211

2:30 PM – Public Hearing on HB 514, Creating a Waiting Period Between the Purchase and Delivery of a Firearm –House Criminal Justice and Public Safety, LOB Room 210-211

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

10:00 AM – Public Hearing on HB 687, Extreme Risk Protection Orders –House Criminal Justice and Public Safety, LOB Room 204

All public hearings will be held in the Legislative Office Building, 33 N State Street, Concord. Descriptions of each bill available in the attached document.

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The NH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition has worked together for the last 5 years to protect and advance common sense public safety laws. Members include gun violence prevention advocates, moms, medical professionals, gun owners, veterans, law enforcement, elected officials, school administrators, educators, students, and faith leaders, and organizations representing various constituencies. The coalition is convened by GunSense NH, a project of Granite State Progress.