DAMN! Or should I have written "duh"?
Did the Union-Leader give you a heads up on running this story?
Yes, actually - the idea for the story originated through myself and John Harrigan, though I didn't expect it in this past weekend's paper. Roger apparently works a lot faster than I thought.
John Harrigan writes the fishing and hunting stuff for the Union-Leader. The subject of unlicensed open carry came up in John Harrigan's column about two weeks ago, after he'd expressed Granite State pride and pleasure that openly armed hunters didn't cause the slightest stir at a general store up north.
I contacted John about some of the work that GO-NH has been doing on the issue of open carry and about my own experience in Manchester, and he suggested the idea of a feature article about open carry to Joe McQuaid, the publisher, and put me in touch with him.
Joe then assigned the story to Roger, and between myself and a few other GO-NH folks we helped put him in touch most of the other sources in the story.