New Hampshire is now home to a brand new gun control group, set up with the help of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, in an effort to expand background checks.
Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, announced the organization, the “Granite State Coalition for Common Sense,” at press conference Tuesday. The gun safety advocates argue New Hampshire has a number of loopholes in their gun laws that need to be addressed, prompting the need for the local group.
“We have a gun violence problem in our country that makes us stand out in the worst of ways,” said Kelly in a statement. “We have to do better – and we can. We’ve all seen the bumper sticker: ‘Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.’ It’s true. And that’s exactly why our leaders need to do more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners like Gabby and me. It’s the responsible thing to do.”
Among the initiatives backed by the new group is to expand background checks to include most private gun transfers and increased reporting of mental health records by the state to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The group’s inaugural members include Somersworth Chief of Police Dean Crombie, former state Senate President Sylvia Larsen and a sprinkling of other former lawmakers including at least one Republican, former state Sen. Rick Russman.
Some question the need for more…