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Merrimack County Sheriff's Office
Friday February 1st, 2013 :: 10:59 a.m. EST

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Message from the New Hampshire Sheriff's Association

The position of the New Hampshire Sheriff’s Association on matters of concern as it relates to recent incidents of violence occurring in our nation as well as the response to these incidents by the public, press and many government officials.

The Ten High Sheriff’s of New Hampshire have always and continue to be strong supporters of the second amendment, and the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. It is our belief that we can only control concerns over some of the recent events if we come together with a comprehensive approach that is developed that focuses on mental health and other related issues. We believe that such and approach is the most effective way to prevent future tragedies.

We stand united in prayer and support of the victims and their families of these recent tragedies. As law enforcement leaders we continue to review best practices as an effort to curb violence and believe that the following four (4) step process is a partial solution which can be implemented immediately.

1) Increase access to mental health services for at risk people.

2) Redoubling efforts to work with prosecutors to vigorously prosecute those who commit crimes with firearms.

3) Make schools safer by enhancing security measures and working with school personnel in planning for critical incidents.

4) Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

We strongly believe the above strategies as well as a comprehensive approach one which will not violate the constitutional rights of honest law-abiding citizens will be the most effective means of keeping our citizens and communities safe.

Address/Location
Merrimack County Sheriff's Office
333 Daniel Webster Hwy
Boscawen, NH 03303

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 603-225-5584

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