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Should NH police be able to take away guns from someone threatening suicide or harm to others?

Oct 30, 2013

The notion that we are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law is perhaps one of the most cherished and inviolable rights enjoyed by our nation’s citizens. For many Live Free or Die (LFDA) Facebook members, however, a recent bill proposed by State Rep. Wendy Piper (D-Enfield) seems to disregard it. Filed at the request of Enfield's Chief of Police, the bill would allow local police to request a firearms removal order from a judge for people who pose a risk to themselves or others. On October 30, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH police be able to request a court order to take away guns from someone threatening suicide or harm to others?”​

"Should NH police be able to take away guns from someone threatening suicide or harm to others?"

Gun Confiscation Court Orders NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 112 participants gave 572 responses.

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 112 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 572 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority, at 85% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to allowing police to request a court order to take away guns from someone threatening suicide or harm to others. 

  • “A person is innocent until proven guilty.”
  • “Let the police have to prove their case in a hearing, not the other way around.”
  • “A judge that doesn’t have anything but a case file in front of them, the police who base their decision on a quick check and welfare call?”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 15%, were in favor of allowing police to request a court order to take away guns from someone threatening suicide or harm to others.    

  • “Of course, that’s an easy one. We need to be more aware and do more of that. It’s precisely how maniacs are able to murder rooms full of people..”

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Priorities: "The central focus needs to be on improving our mental health system in New Hampshire."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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