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Letter: Outrageous bill

Do you realize that the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has recommended making it a crime and allowing criminals to file lawsuits against you if you protect yourself? In other words, if someone attacks you and you have to defend yourself and you injure them, you can be held accountable for their injuries in a civil lawsuit. Does this sound good to you? What will you do about it?

At issue is House Bill 135. It would repeal entirely this section of law:

“627:1-a Civil Immunity. – A person who uses force in self-protection or in the protection of other persons pursuant to RSA 627:4, in the protection of premises and property pursuant to RSA 627:7 and 627:8, in law enforcement pursuant to RSA 627:5, or in the care or welfare of a minor pursuant to RSA 627:6, is justified in using such force and shall be immune from civil liability for personal injuries sustained by a perpetrator which were caused by the acts or omissions of the person as a result of the use of force. In a civil action initiated by or on behalf of a perpetrator against the person, the court shall award the person reasonable attorney’s fees, and costs, including but not limited to, expert witness fees, court costs, and compensation for loss of income.”

Do you think this is right? If not, better call your representatives and tell them to vote against this outrage.



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