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New Hampshire Senate GOP Candidate Bruce Fenton on Guns: “Firearms Should Be Unrestricted and Completely Available in the United States”

Yesterday, Salon reported that New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Fenton “would like to give American citizens unfettered access to military-grade weaponry like machine guns, bombs, explosive missiles, and chemical weapons.“ 

Fenton has said he doesn’t “want to see any government regulations on guns” and that “firearms should be unrestricted and completely available in the United States.” 

Fenton has said he’d seek to abolish the National Firearms Act, which “regulates the ownership of machine guns, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, suppressors, and destructive devices like […] explosive missiles.” 

It’s disqualifying that rather than support widely-popular measures that can prevent gun violence, Republicans like Fenton — who opposes common sense gun safety laws,  such as the new Bipartisan Safer Communities Act championed by Maggie Hassan — are instead arguing for the proliferation of even-more-lethal weapons without any effort to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. 

Salon: GOP Senate candidate wants to take Supreme Court ruling on guns a giant step further

By Jon Skolnik | June 27, 2022

Key Points:

  • “A Republican Bitcoin enthusiast and self-professed “cypherpunk stockbroker” running to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate would like to give American citizens unfettered access to military-grade weaponry like machine guns, bombs, explosive missiles, and chemical weapons.”

  • “Bruce Fenton, who cast his self-funded bid for the GOP nomination earlier this year, unveiled his maximalist stance on the Second Amendment during an April interview with Liberty Block, a ‘pro-liberty’ media publication based in New Hampshire.”

  • “‘I don’t want to see any government regulations on guns. Period,’ he said in an interview flagged by American Bridge, a Democratic Super PAC. ‘Firearms should be unrestricted and completely available in the United States and I am against the current firearms regulations.’”

  • “Fenton has vowed to abolish the National Firearms Act (NFA), a 1934 law that regulates the ownership of machine guns, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, suppressors, and destructive devices like grandes explosive missiles.”

  • “Robert Spitzer, a political science professor who specializes on gun politics at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, told Salon by email that Fenton’s plan would make automatic weapons, sawed-off shotguns, and silencers ‘easily accessible to those who want them.’”

  • “Fenton’s remarks come as state and federal Republicans mount a broad campaign to expand gun rights across the country. This year, GOP-led states like Iowa, Tennessee, and Indiana successfully removed requirements to acquire and carry firearms despite the upsurge in mass shootings, of which there have already been more than 250 this year, according to The Washington Post.”

Read the full Salon report here.