New Hampshire Rep: Food Stamp Recipients Should Be Able to Buy Guns with EBT Cards

On May 7th New Hampshire Representative Timothy Horrigan (D-Durham) stood on the state house floor and argued against legislation forbidding the use of EBT cards for guns, saying such a ban "is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment."

The legislation--SB203--says:

Any person who receives public assistance is prohibited from using an EBT card or cash obtained with an EBT card to gamble or to purchase tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets, firearms, or adult entertainment. 

SB203 also prohibits using "an EBT card or cash obtained with an EBT card" for "Tattoos and Body Piercing."

In voicing opposition to the firearms ban, Horrigan said: 

The firearms ban is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment. Cash benefit recipients presumably have the same rights as the rest of us to purchase guns for hunting, sports shooting, or even self-defense. Obviously they don't have much money to spend on that, but they do have the right under the Second Amendment to do so. 

Horrigan said "the inclusion of a firearms ban [also seemed] ironic" because many of the bill's sponsors "were generally pro-Second Amendment."

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