For the second time in as many years, Gov. Maggie Hassan rejected a bill that would have made the Granite State the 11th to codify the right to concealed carry without a permit.
Last fall, the staunch anti-gun Democrat vetoed a measure placed on her desk changing state law to make obtaining a concealed carry permit optional. A new proposal this session passed the House with a 206-146 vote earlier this year and the Senate 14-10 this month.
However, Hassan, running as the challenger in a tight race for Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s seat with the strong backing of gun control groups, had not changed her mind on the subject.
“As I said when I vetoed nearly identical legislation last year, New Hampshire’s current concealed carry permitting 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,” Hassan wrote in her veto statement to lawmakers Friday.
Hassan went on to explain her endorsement of gun rights, with limits applied, and cited a landmark Supreme Court case and recently passed conservative jurist in her reasoning to scuttle the measure.
“I also continue to support the Second Amendment and the right of Americans to responsibly own guns for personal safety, hunting, and recreation, but as the late Justice Antonin Scalia reaffirmed in the 2008 Supreme Court case of District of Columbia v. Heller, states also have the…