To The Daily Sun,
This is the fifth of my reports to the voters on what is happening in Concord. I am on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, so we get some interesting bills. This week was lively with a House vote for "Constitutional Carry." This gives us the same rights as Vermont and several other states. This is the ability to carry a weapon concealed without a license, if we can legally own that firearm. This is a bill that has been passed before but vetoed by the Democrat governor. Governor Sununu has promised to sign the legislation. I supported this legislation.
This week there were two other firearms bills that our committee heard. One would have made it illegal to carry a firearm in a polling place and the other would have prevented transferring a weapon to another person without a background check. Both were defeated in committee. The second was the most insidious. It actually meant that allowing a person to use your gun on a firing range was illegal unless you did a background check. And he couldn't hand it back unless he also did a background check.
This week we also heard a bill on fetal homicide. The bill simply states if a fetus over eight weeks is killed on the course of a crime against the mother that the murder of an unborn child will be considered a crime. There was an exception for an abortion. The abortion right groups opposed it because they do not want any personhood to be ascribed the unborn child. We are holding it in committee until a similar bill from the Senate comes over. Today there are 38 states that have some kind of a fetal homicide law.
Thursday we listened to Governor Sununu deliver his budget speech. It was balanced but it certainly had its share of additional spending, particularly on opioid addiction and interdiction. It also asked to add full-day kindergarten. I have a copy of his budget and will be studying it in the upcoming weeks.
State Rep. Dave Testerman
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