From our friends at Gun Sense New Hampshire, a project of Granite State Progress:
Thanks to all of our combined efforts we are seeing a significant number of anti gun violence bills making their way to the NH State Legislature! Please join us on Tuesday, March 5th, for the MOMS DEMAND ACTION NH Day of Advocacy beginning at 9:00 am @ the Legislative Office Building, 33 North State Street, Concord
Wear Orange and bring your signs! We will be attending the hearing to support HB 687 – ERPO* afterwards all are welcome to attend a lunch with legislators to discuss this and other important anti gun violence issues.
Mary Ann and Christine
*HB 687, Extreme Risk Protection Orders
Extreme risk protection orders—also called gun violence restraining orders—enable courts to temporarily prohibit a person from having guns if law enforcement or immediate family members show that the individual poses a significant danger to themselves or others. ERPO laws have been shown to reduce suicide rates by providing an opportunity to intervene and prevent a person from accessing firearms during a time of crisis, before dangerous warning signs escalate into firearm suicide. ERPO laws empower family members and law enforcement to petition for a temporary (14 day) and then final (1 year) order that temporarily removes guns from a dangerous situation and reduces the risk of suicide. ERPO laws can also prevent gun violence against others—like mass shootings—by enabling law enforcement and family to take action before crisis turns into tragedy. Before he killed six people in Isla Vista, California in May 2014, the shooter displayed numerous warning signs, including making homicidal and suicidal threats. His parents alerted law enforcement, but it was decided he did not meet the criteria for emergency commitment—so he kept his guns and used them in the killing spree three weeks later. Often family members or law enforcement see warning signs early, but have no recourse to help the individual or prevent tragedies; ERPO laws fix that and save lives.