Granite Status: Hooksett GOP primary turned on gun issues
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In Tuesday’s Republican primary for Hooksett state representative, to replace the late Rep. Dick Marple, gun rights seemed to be the focus.
“Everybody was trying to out-pro-gun the other candidates,” said state Rep. J.R. Hoell, who also leads the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition. The coalition sent surveys to candidates David Ross and primary winner Elliot Axelman to discern their positions on gun control — both came back with perfect scores, Hoell said. The third contender, former state Rep. John Leavitt, voted for a couple of gun control bills and missed the vote on another, so he did not earn the coalition’s support.