Seacoast Democrat Says Gun Law Would Save Lives

Seacoast Democrat Says Gun Law Would Save Lives
January 30, 2024

People who are a danger to themselves or others could lose access to their firearms under a bill discussed in the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday.

Twenty-two other states have adopted such ‘red-flag laws,’ which allow loved ones or law enforcement to ask a court to temporarily remove firearms from people in such a crisis, according to the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety.

The Republican-controlled state Legislature has rejected such legislation previously. State Senator Debra Altschiller, a Democrat, said that under current law, a person may keep their firearms even when families and law enforcement ‘see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears a loved one in crisis exhibiting suicidal ideation or threats to harm other people.’

She said the October 25th mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, which killed 18 and wounded 13, underscores the need for this legislation.