From our Gun Control desk:
Can you join us? We are looking to fill the room with supporters wearing their red Moms Demand shirts at the committee votes in Concord next week in support of gun safety legislation.
What: Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee vote on ERPO* (red flag) and Waiting Period bills *Extreme Risk Protection Order
When: Wednesday, March 13th, we’ll meet at 9:30am
Where: Legislative Office Building, Room 204, 33 N State St., Concord, NH 03301
Both of these bills must pass out of committee before they can be voted on by the full House of Representatives. We’d love to see you there!
Also, if you are interested in donating directly to the New Hampshire chapter of Moms Demand Action, you can do that here: https://give.everytown.org/team/205289. Thank you! A little more background on HB 687:
from The New York Times, just in case you missed it:
How the Meaning of a String of Pearls Upstaged a Gun Control Debate
A battle over gun regulations in New Hampshire took a strange turn this week: Lawmakers wore pearls, and gun control advocates said they were being mocked.
*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.