Gun Violence Prevention

Granite State Progress supports gun violence prevention, including opportunities to strengthen state and federal laws such as closing the background checks loophole and advocating for policies that protect our children and our communities. Since 2009, Granite State Progress has monitored firearms related policy at the state level, working with other state-based and national groups and advocates to advance public safety laws and defeat dangerous gun lobby sponsored legislation.

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  • 2021 NH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition Priority Bills, Fact Sheets & Action Alerts in progress for new session
  • New Hampshire Gun Violence Prevention Bill Tracking 2021
  • Gun Violence Prevention Speakers Bureau
  • Get Involved in NH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
  • Be SMART for Kids and Mother’s Dream Quilt Project
  • Gun Violence Prevention Vote Records

2021 NH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition Priority Bills, Fact Sheets & Action Alerts

Due to the composition of the legislature, our main goal in the 2021 session is to defeat bills to expand the use of deadly force (Stand Your Ground), stop attempts to allow armed intimidation and harassment (brandishing a firearm), and challenge bills that seek to undermine state and local rights for safe communities. Learn more about each bill below, then take action to help secure passage of this package of public safety bills.

Oppose Deadly Stand Your Ground Bills

Oppose Stand Your Ground Bills
House Criminal Justice & Public Safety
Friday, February 5th
12:15 PM HB 81 relative to the justified use of deadly force upon another person.*
1:30 PM HB 197, relative to the use of deadly force in defense of another.
2:30 PM HB 145 relative to physical force in defense of a person.

Stand Your Ground laws – otherwise known as “Kill at Will” – do nothing more than justify murder. As millions of Americans demand solutions to violence and racial injustice, these bills double down on the same white vigilantism that led to the murders of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery.

Learn more: Stand Your Ground with Giffords & Southern Poverty Law Center

Learn more: Stand Your Ground resources

New Hampshire already has a so-called “Stand Your Ground” law—giving people a license to kill when confronted with a perceived “threat” without even considering walking away or de-escalating the situation. Now, our legislators are attempting to make this dangerous law even worse with two deadly bills:

  • HB 197 would broadly expand where and when deadly force can be used, and it could be used to justify shooting at unarmed protestors.
  • HB 145 would justify the use of deadly force even in the very few circumstances where it’s currently prohibited by state law. This bill would authorize the use of deadly force even when there are safe alternatives to walk away or de-escalate, and even in cases when the shooter started the confrontation.

And a third bill, HB 81, would expand the use of deadly force in other non-life threatening situations.

These laws protect white vigilantism and embolden reckless gun owners to shoot first, ask questions later, and claim self-defense to avoid culpability for murder. Everyone has the right to stay alive when walking down the street or jogging in their neighborhood. Stand Your Ground laws move us in the opposite direction – and we refuse to accept that.

Take Action: Sign in here to tell members of the House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee to vote NO on HB 145 and HB 197, as well as HB 81.

Please use this link to sign in opposition or to sign up to provide oral testimony in opposition – you will need to redo this process to sign in for each bill: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/remotetestimony/default.aspx

Use this link to watch or participate in the hearing:
Zoom: https://www.zoom.us/j/98584313159
Phone: 1-929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 985 8431 3159

Please note that these bills are scheduled for Friday, February 5th, on Trayvon Martin’s birthday. He would have been 26 years old. We must not give vigilantes a license to murder. If you need help drafting or editing testimony, please contact GunSenseNH, a project of Granite State Progress, at gunsensenh@granitestateprogress.org.


New Hampshire Gun Violence Prevention Bill Tracking 2021

Below are 2021 bills dealing with firearms in the New Hampshire State Senate and State House. Our tracking sheet does not mean support or opposition to these bills unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions related to these bills, email info@granitestateprogress.org.

Download latest tracking sheet:

(To be updated as soon as bill language available)


Gun Violence Prevention Speakers Bureau

Book a presenter and host a workshop or briefing on firearms-related policy and politics at the state and federal level, followed by an update on current gun violence prevention efforts. Workshop offerings include how to talk about major gun violence prevention efforts, including background checks and other popular reforms, as well as action steps that can be taken right now to reduce gun violence in our communities. Contact us to schedule a presenter from Granite State Progress or one of our gun violence prevention coalition members.


Get Involved in a Local Gun Violence Prevention Group

There are a lot of powerful gun violence prevention groups. Here are a few of our favorites besides Granite State Progress’ GunSense NH – click on the name to take action and get action updates.

*** Moms Demand Action-NH takes the lead on public education in New Hampshire and we highly encourage you to get involved with them! ***

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – Local NH chapters!

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

States United to Prevent Gun Violence

Sandy Hook Promise

The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus

Giffords Coalition

NH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition (Statewide Network) | GunSense NH. The statewide coalition for gun violence prevention has worked together for the last 8 years to protect and advance common sense public safety laws. The coalition typically holds a NH GVP Summit each fall that includes message training, state and federal landscape updates, and campaign planning for the coming year. Interested community members and grassroots groups are encouraged to get connected to this state-led efforts and collaboration. To get involved in the statewide coalition, bookmark this page or contact GunSense NH, a project of Granite State Progress at gunsensenh@granitestateprogress.org. Coalition members include both individuals and champion legislators as well as organizations representing advocates, moms, medical professionals, gun owners, law enforcement, educators, students, and faith leaders.

GVP Champion Legislators (Elected Officials Network). Our state is well-served by several leading elected champions of gun violence prevention working in partnership with advocacy groups and concerned community members. Elected officials seeking to become more involved in these efforts are encouraged to contact Granite State Progress or State Representative Katherine Rogers.

Looking for facts and information about firearms? Our go-to source is the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence which provides data and analysis, as well as trends in federal and state legislation. Check out the New Hampshire page. We also recommend Center for American Progress for timely news.


Be SMART for Kids and Mother’s Dream Quilt Project

Public policy is only one avenue for reducing gun violence. Join our partners at Moms Demand Action for some of these other opportunities to take action. Contact Moms Demand Action to get involved.

Be SMART for Kids. Children and unsecured guns are a dangerous, and all too often deadly, mix. Responsible adults–both gun owners and non-gun owners alike–can help prevent tragedies that result when kids get ahold of unsecured guns. The Be SMART program provides five simple steps that we can all take to prevent children from accessing guns.

Mother’s Dream Quilt Project. Every mother dreams of a happy future for her children. Unfortunately, too many American mothers see that dream shattered by gun violence—which has become part of the very fabric of our country. Moms Demand Action has created The Mother’s Dream Quilt Project to symbolize the human toll of gun violence in America, and mothers’ shared dream of a country where all our children will be safe.


Gun Violence Prevention Vote Records

(Prior Session: 2017-18)

Governor Sununu and Senate Republicans spent their time in Concord parroting gun lobby talking points instead of standing up for the safety of students and families. Meanwhile, other elected officials were working hard to advance common sense gun violence prevention measures. Here’s how your State Senators and Representatives voted during the 2017-18 session :

(Select your county to view or print)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Belknap County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Carroll County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Cheshire County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Coos County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Grafton County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Hillsborough County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Merrimack County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Rockingham County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Strafford County)

GSP State House Report Card – Gun Violence Prevention Votes (Sullivan County)

To find your legislator, use this look-up tool at the NH General Court:
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx

For an easy-glance page of the vote records for sharing on social media, use:
https://granitestateprogress.org/2018/03/24/how-did-your-state-senator-and-reps-vote-on-gun-violence-prevention/


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