When the New Hampshire legislature reconvenes next month, it is expected to override Gov. John Lynch's veto of a bill that would have expanded the right of people to use a gun in self defense in public.
Under current state law, people can only use deadly force if they feel threatened on their property. The bill would have allowed people to use deadly force whenever they feel their lives are in jeopardy, either at home or anyplace else.
In issuing his veto in July, Lynch wrote:
It would allow the use of deadly force on street corners, in shopping malls, public parks, and in retail stores. Drug dealers and other felons who brandish weapons will be further emboldened to use their weapons, while prosecution of those criminals will be made even more difficult because of this bill’s expansion of the right to use deadly force.
Supporters are making this a 2nd Amendment issue, saying it is "absurd" that people should not be allowed to use their guns to protect themselves just because they happen to be away from home.
The Nashua Telegraph reports that the veto is almost certain to be overridden since it originally passed both houses of the legislature by more than the two-thirds needed to override a veto.