N.H. supporters of gun control bills urge action

CONCORD (AP) – Dozens of supporters of gun-control measures in New Hampshire rallied Monday to call on Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to sign them in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.

About 75 people – some holding signs that read “Protect Kids Not Guns,” ”It’s The Guns Stupid” and “Sign the Bills” – urged Sununu on Monday to sign a bill that would ban most guns from school grounds. Legislators also passed bills imposing a three-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a gun and requiring background checks for all firearms sales or transfers.

About a half-dozen gun rights supporters also came to the gathering, including one brandishing a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.

“Gov. Sununu, be the leader we know you can be. Allow these bills to become law and make New Hampshire safer for all our families,” said Democratic Rep. Katherine Rogers, who was a prime sponsor for the bills on background checks and waiting periods. “The time for prayers after the fact is over. The time for violence prevention is here.”

Katie Henry, a Concord High School graduate who has lobbied for the bill banning guns at schools and whose mom still works in the school district, said Sununu must know that “the children of this state are in fear and in danger.