PUBLIC SAFETY

House Defeats Legislation To Mandate Colleges Allow Guns On Campus

The House of Representatives voted 231-110 to defeat HB 1542, which would prohibit state colleges and universities from regulating guns on campus. House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) said that the “tragic shootings throughout our country, most recently at a school in Parkland, Florida, have increased the calls from our constituents to take strong leadership on public safety. As legislators, protecting our children is the most important action we can take.”

“This legislation, which forbids colleges and universities from regulating guns on campus, represents a major step in the wrong direction. Despite no legitimate reason to recklessly tie the hands of our colleges, a majority of Republicans voted to support this dangerous legislation anyway.”

“Granite Staters need to look no further than this vote to see what approach their lawmakers are taking in response to the rash of gun violence in this country. House Democrats, who voted unanimously in opposition to this legislation, stand united in finding commonsense solutions to the problems facing America today.”