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Gun rights advocates rally at statehouse in frigid temperatures

March 25, 2017 / NHWomen / 2nd Amendment, Women's Defense League of NH


With a wind chill of -4 degrees in Concord Saturday, it wasn’t exactly rally weather at the Statehouse.

But that didn’t stop dozens of people from turning out to celebrate a recent repeal of New Hampshire’s “concealed carry” licensing law, which required Granite Staters to obtain a permit to legally carry a concealed firearm.

“It’s great, it’s great. I’m so thankful to Governor (Chris) Sununu for signing the bill into law,” Pam Ean, of Concord, said.

Members of the Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire were mingled among the state representatives and senators at the signing. It is a relatively new group on New Hampshire’s busy pro-gun scene. But one that put a different face on what used to be a very male-dominated issue.

“I think we made it seem more real,” said Michelle Levell, a member of the Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire. “We’re your neighbors, we’re your moms at the soccer field, we’re the moms at the grocery store that you know.”

Conservative state Rep. John Burt, of Goffstown, who’s considering a run for Congress in 2018, said the Women’s Defense League played a crucial role in fighting the concealed carry law.

“I cannot thank them enough for being up here,” he said. “They were at every committee hearing, throughout the process they were there.”

The defense league said it was a team effort, but one that ultimately empowers Granite State women.

The group, Granite State Progress, which advocates for stricter gun control laws, released a statement saying: “It is reasonable to deny concealed carry for those who are a danger to themselves or others, and we see no reason to celebrate Governor Sununu dismantling a 94-year-old public safety law.”