NH Rep: EBT Cards Should Allow For Gun Purchases

The firearms ban is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment

A New Hampshire state representative believes that a person who receives EBT cards should be able to use them to purchase a firearm. 

Standing on the floor of the New Hampshire State Senate, Timothy Horrigan (D-Durham) said not allowing an individual to purchase a firearm with their EBT card is a “blatant violation of the Second Amendment."

The law 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.”



But in front of his colleagues, 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.” 

Of course the recipient has the right to purchase a firearm.  That goes without saying.  But using an EBT is meant for assistance.  That means, besides food, the EBT card is used for everyday general assistance. 

Horrigan continued saying, “Obviously they don’t have much money to spend on that, but they do have the right under the Second Amendment to do so.”