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Tulsi Gabbard in Studio

by Tony on January 28, 2020

US Representative and Army National Guard Major Tulsi Gabbard is in Conway today as part of her Presidential campaign. The Hawaiian Representative will be hitting the slopes of Cranmore for much of the afternoon with a town hall event at 6 PM at the Upper Lodge of Cranmore’s Cafeteria. Tulsi stopped by our studios at Mt. Washington Radio to talk with News Director Tony Zore. She discussed her reasons for running for President; the opioid crisis in America today; the partisan divide; energy and the environment; as well as the national debt and gun rights. Take a listen below.

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Drive Time Interview: League of Women Voters

by Tony on January 28, 2020

Mark Johnson sits down with Sheryl Kovalik and Julia King to discuss the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire’s presentation on the Census and Gerrymandering Tuesday, February 18th, at 7PM at the N. Conway Community Center Meeting Room.

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Ian Turnbull GoFundMe

by Tony on January 27, 2020

Longtime Ski Patrol Director at Wildcat Mountain, Ian Turbull, suffered a stroke last week and is currently at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital. Friends of the family have created a GoFundMe account to help with the medical expenses. According to that account, Ian spent a significant part of his life helping others by working on Gorham Ambulance Backwoods rescues ski patrolling at Wildcat. They also say Ian is a good friend and a good neighbor. Listeners can donate here.

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Gun Legislation in New Hampshire

by Tony on January 24, 2020

Three firearms related bills had public hearings this week. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held public hearings on Wednesday for HB1379 and HB1101. The NH Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing for SB469 on Thursday. The two House bills were considered by the legislature last year and vetoed by Governor Chris Sununu.

“Gun Show Loophole?”

Gun shows are a long-held event in the United States and happen weekly in New Hampshire. In most states private sales often don’t require background checks. It is, however, illegal to sell to someone who cannot own a firearm. This practice ensures that private sales are often done in the open and can be traced by paperwork if a gun ends up being used in a crime. The authorities will be able to follow the trail of the business who conducted the initial background check of the commercial sale to the private seller to the private buyer who bought the gun from them through bill of sale paperwork. If bill of sale paperwork doesn’t exist, the last person who is legally shown to have owned the firearm will have to explain why they didn’t report it missing or they may face charges. A person who sells a gun to someone who legally can’t have one may also face charges of their own.

HB1379 would essentially treat private sales made or arranged at New Hampshire gun shows as commercial, thus requiring background checks on them.

The law doesn’t change at gun shows. All commercial operators at the show still must run background checks on purchases. Private sales do not. Supporters of HB1379 say “gun shows” are of a commercial nature and therefore call the regular law a loophole for people who are privately selling arms at the show. Gun shows usually require proof of residency. Some gun shows will facilitate background checks for attendees. Some gun shows require purchasers to have a Pistol/Revolver License to make a purchase. While the license itself isn’t required in New Hampshire for concealed carry, it still exists because it secures extra benefits to citizens such as reciprocity to carry in some other states and being able to legally carry on school grounds which is illegal under Federal Law without a carry permit. The process of obtaining a Pistol/Revolver License involves a background check by the local police who issue the permit.

Opponents to HB1379 point out that requiring background checks means that private citizens who normally don’t operate commercially will have to get a commercial license to sell guns they don’t want anymore or that they will be at the mercy of private businesses which often charge fees to run a background check for them. According to the US Department of Justice the majority of guns used by criminals were either purchased off the black market or stolen. That same 2019 report cites 0.8% of prisoners say they obtained their firearm used during a crime from a gun show.

“Suicide Prevention”

Suicide is on the rise in New Hampshire. Advocates for the gun purchase waiting periods say that they may play a role in preventing crimes or passion or suicide by giving time for emotions to settle before someone does something rash.

HB1101 would impose a three-day waiting period on firearms purchases in the state.

The initial form of the bill last year involved a seven-day waiting period on both guns and ammunition in the state unless the purchaser took a state-required hunting course. It has since been amended to a shorter length of time and to only include firearms, not ammunition. Opponents to the legislation are skeptical of its impact and say that it creates an undo burden on individuals, especially those who fear for their safety or already own firearms. The Rand Corporation says data is inconclusive on the effectiveness of the laws at this time. Common ground is being found on this subject outside of legislation at this time, however.

“Gun Ranges: Loud and Dangerous?”

SB469 would allow prosecution of gun ranges for violating noise ordinances or for damages caused by range operation.

This bill would deal primarily with ranges that already exist. New ranges have to make allowances for town requirements regarding safety and noise, but if someone moves in next to a gun range that existed before they moved: they accepted that choice when they moved there under current law. Supporters of the bill want to enable local towns to impose more regulations and requirements on gun ranges that already exist. Opponents say this bill is largely designed to close down ranges by imposing impossible expenses or standards to keep up with.

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Drive Time Interview: MWV Choral Society Rehearsals

by Tony January 23, 2020 Front Page News

Tony Zore sits down with John LaPointe to discuss the Mt. Washington Valley Choral Society’s upcoming rehearsals. They start Monday at 7 PM at the Methodist Church in Center Conway and continue at the same time and place every week. Click here if audio fails. Click here for more information. This Drive Time Interview was […]

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Man Drives Through Store During Arrest

by Tony January 23, 2020 Front Page News

A man was tased during his arrest after he drove through the front of the Otisfield General Store. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a call about an erratic driver around 11:00 Wednesday night in the Maine town of Raymond. The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Zachary Mercier, led authorities on a […]

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