New Hampshire lawmakers override Governor’s veto, expand permissible use of deadly force

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted recently to override Governor John Lynch’s veto of an expansion of laws allowing use of deadly force by citizens.

The House voted 251-111 to override the veto and put Senate Bill 88 into law, effective in 60 days. The Senate voted 17-7 last week to override the veto.

The law expands the previously permitted use of deadly force from inside one’s home to the outdoors, enabling gun owners legally to stand their ground “anywhere a person has a legal right to be, in response to the threat of deadly force against oneself or another.” According to The Union Leader, the bill “also grants immunity from lawsuits suffered by anyone identified as a “perpetrator.”

The Union Leader also states that “[t]he bill was roundly criticized by law enforcement at every level, and just as adamantly praised by pro-gun forces as a self-defense bill.”

Supporters of the bill needed 244 votes to reach the two-thirds majority needed to override the Governor’s veto.

For more on this issue, including the Governor’s response go to The Lowell Sun.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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