Letter: Protect the rights of gun owners

Published: 3/26/2020 12:01:29 AM

In this very critical time, with all of us concerned about the spread of a potentially deadly virus among our population, the time is ripe for possible public disorder, and the rights of our citizens to provide for their own self-defense is even more important now than in more tranquil times.

Among the reasons I believe that our state has a very low violent crime rate is that so many of our citizens are gun owners. And many of our senior citizens, myself among them, take comfort from the fact that they are well-trained firearm owners.

House Bill 1660 purports to protect the elderly, but as someone notionally within that class, I assure you that I do not need, seek or want any such “protection” from the state. There are already many laws on the books of our state that cover exploitation, neglect and abuse, so all we simply need to do is enforce existing laws. We do not need or want HB 1660, which erodes some of our most basic constitutional rights.

HB 1660 is, once again, an attempted first step toward confiscation of firearms from our law-abiding citizens without due process and without proper regard for their rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 2-a of the New Hampshire Bill of Rights.

You have had the courage to veto similar legislation last session, and I urge you in the strongest possible terms to veto HB 1660 when it comes before you now.




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