Senate Bill 44, sponsored by State Senator Peter Burling (D-5), and State Representatives Lee Hammond (D-Grafton 11) and John Tholl (R-Coos 2), was defeated in the Judiciary committee on Thursday, March 15.
SB 44 sought to change the concealed carry licensing statute to make it easier for the issuing authority to deny a license. Further, the bill would have raised the standard by which attorney's fees may be awarded in a lawsuit against an issuing authority for a violation of the licensing law to "gross negligence or malice," and removes the personal liability of the issuing officer. This legislation would have opened the door for more license-issuance problems in New Hampshire.
Thanks to your calls and efforts we were able to defeat the first anti-gun measure before the Judiciary Committee this year!