CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement upon the approval by the House of Representatives of HB687, relative to extreme risk protection orders. The bill passed by a vote of 201-176. 100% of Republican members opposed it’s passage.

“Not only does this bill set an extremely dangerous precedent, but it is also another tool to strip away guns from law abiding citizens. HB687 makes the situation ripe for false accusations and blatant abuse of the law by suspending second amendment rights without adequate due process,” Hinch said. “Under this bill, a mere accusation can cause a warrant to be signed for the seizure of firearms. Then if the person was deemed not a risk, and the order vacated, they would have to go to court in order to get their property back. That’s an egregious infringement on a basic right.  If this bill was really meant to help those at risk of harming themselves, it should go on to include knives, prescription drugs, and so on.”