Dear Governors: Please Be More Like New Hampshire's Gov. Chris Sununu

Sununu has now vetoed an all-time record number of bills, including several gun control bills.

Published Monday, August 12, 2019 12:00 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by Gun Rights Watch - Chief Editor


On Friday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed three gun control bills to reach his desk. These bills were strategically timed to be released to his office when they would have the most emotional impact and Sununu shut all three of them down. 

Back on July 22nd, it was reported that New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu had vetoed dozens of bills, easily putting him far ahead of any previous governors in terms of shutting down legislative efforts via the veto pen. The tally so far stands at 57, with 50 of them happening in just 2019 alone.

When Sununu ran for the chief executive's seat in 2016, he did so on a pro-gun platform. In February of 2017, he kept that promise by signing Constitutional Carry in the Granite State, cementing gun rights in the already comparatively free state for gun owners and creating the first three-state Constitutional Carry zone in the country with neighbors Vermont and Maine.

The governor commented after the veto ceremony,

“These three bills would not solve our national issues nor would they prevent evil individuals from doing harm, but they would further restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding New Hampshire citizens. The New Hampshire Constitution states ‘All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.’ This language provides what many believe to be more expansive legal protections for gun ownership than the second amendment to the United States Constitution.”

These bills had passed the Senate and then the House by June, but they were held onto until a convenient time for the House Democrats to use them as a tool against the GOP after being vetoed by Sununu, which he had promised he would do. After the shootings last weekend in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton, that opportunity arose and they were sent to his desk to die. In that intervening time, 150 unrelated bills were sent on to him without delay - making it very clear what the wait was all about.

The Democrat Speaker of the House, Steve Shurtleff, declared angrily that they pass on every bill as quickly as they can, but Senate Majority Leader Donna Soucy accidentally revealed the left's true strategy by remarking,

“Thoughts and prayers have never been enough. In memory and honor of more than 30 people killed by gun violence this weekend, today I signed a package of gun violence prevention bills and delivered them to Gov. Sununu for his consideration.”

The three bills that were vetoed were:

  1. HB 109, requiring background checks on the vast majority of private firearm sales,
  2. HB 514, establishing a three-day waiting period for gun purchases, 
  3. HB 564, prohibiting the carrying of firearms on school property.

Unsurprisingly, Gov. Chris Sununu now has a 65% approval rating and is regarded as the third most popular governor in America. With more gun control bills still in the works, the governor may need to refill the ink in his veto pen soon.