Supporters: Vetoed ‘Red Flag’ Bill Would Help Prevent Suicides, Mass Killings

Supporters: Vetoed 'Red Flag' Bill Would Help Prevent Suicides, Mass Killings

Opponents say the bill would have trampled on 2nd Amendment rights. Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu gestures during his State of the State address at the State House in Concord on Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) By GARRY RAYNO, InDepthNH.org CONCORD — As expected, Gov. Chris Sununu late Friday afternoon vetoed a bill establishing extreme protective orders intended to reduce suicides and mass killings. House Bill 687, commonly known as the "Red Flag" bill, would have established a civil procedure to remove firearms and ammunition from someone who is at risk of harming him or herself or others. The bill would have established extreme risk protection orders through a civil process initiated by a person’s family, housemates or law enforcement. Subscribe The legislation is similar to laws in 19 states and the District of Columbia. But opponents say the bill would trample on the constitutional rights of individuals on hearsay evidence without due process, particularly gun rights. In his veto message, Sununu said he has signed legislation to bring awareness to suicide prevention and has worked to improve the state’s mental health system but cannot approve a bill that would strip residents of their constitutional rights. "Unfortunately, the process laid out in House Bill 687 goes too far and would weaken the constitutional rights of law-abiding New Hampshire citizens," Sununu said. "This bill could lead to situations where law-abiding Granite Staters have their property seized with no notice or opportunity to speak in their own defense. The lack […]

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