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New Hampshire

January 22, 2013

N.H. delegation slow to endorse Obama's gun control proposals

Most take wait-and-see approach

New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation is split between welcoming President Obama’s plan to deter gun violence and warily examining his proposals.

No one opened fire on the plan, but Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte voiced the strongest reservations.

“I will carefully review the details of the president’s plan,” Ayotte said, “however, I am concerned that many of his proposals infringe on the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, which will not prevent a deranged individual or criminal from obtaining and misusing firearms to commit violence.”

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, thanked Obama, but withheld support for now. She said she looks forward to considering the proposal as the details emerge.

“At that time, I’ll do what I’ve always done – consult with New Hampshire law enforcement officials and stakeholders to determine what is best for our state to ultimately make sure we implement a plan that works,” Shaheen said.

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, representing the 1st District, embraced the Obama plan.

“I agree with the president’s comprehensive approach to addressing gun violence,” Shea-Porter said. “I will not and cannot forget the never-ending scenes of families and communities in shock and mourning, and I will not ignore the calls of our citizens to do something to help stop the violence.”

Democrat Ann McLane Kuster, the 2nd District congressman, said she was pleased Obama put forward specific proposals to address gun violence.

“I look forward to discussing those proposals with law enforcement, mental health professionals, education leaders, sportsmen and women, and others throughout our district in the coming weeks,” Kuster said.

Shaheen said she appreciated the work by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to put together a proposal to reduce gun violence.

“Our country needs to come together in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting to do everything in our power to end the culture of violence that is leading to these types of heartbreaking tragedies,” Shaheen said.

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