New Hampshire lawmakers have approved a controversial gun bill that would prohibit colleges and other institutions, facilities, or businesses that use public lands from banning firearms, according to a report Thursday in the New Hampshire Union Leader
Democratic Gov. John Lynch, who has labeled the bill “reckless,” has vowed to veto the state House-passed measure, which the Union Leader said was approved by a margin of 188-144.
Approval of the bill drew a stream of criticism, especially from college officials who said it would prohibit them from keeping firearms off campuses. Other critics said it would allow people to bring firearms to sporting events, hospitals, and any other locations on public land.
Democratic state Rep. Stephen Shurtleff, who opposed the measure, also told the Union Leader it could potentially allow guns at day-care facilities located on state property.
The bill, he said, “is like yelling fire in a crowded theater. There are some places in New Hampshire where we just don’t want guns.”
But Republican state Rep. Mark Warden, who supports the measure, called it “a common sense bill,” according to the newspaper, which would give the legislature the authority to set firearms policy statewide in place of the patchwork of regulations that now exist.
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