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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

County attorney attends rally at Nashua City Hall calling for stricter firearm background checks

County Attorney Patricia LaFrance joined Organizing for Action New Hampshire at Nashua City Hall on Wednesday to call on Congress to close loopholes in firearm background checks.

“That’s all this was about today. Let’s keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and the dangerously mentally ill,” LaFrance said in an interview Wednesday. ...

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County Attorney Patricia LaFrance joined Organizing for Action New Hampshire at Nashua City Hall on Wednesday to call on Congress to close loopholes in firearm background checks.

“That’s all this was about today. Let’s keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and the dangerously mentally ill,” LaFrance said in an interview Wednesday.

LaFrance spoke at a press conference at City Hall calling on the U.S. Congress, and specifically Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., to pass bills written by Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin, that would require background checks for people buying firearms at a gun show or online.

LaFrance said it’s simply nonsensical that a convicted felon can be turned down at a licensed gun shop because of a background check and then “go down the street to the Hollis flea market and buy one.”

“Too many times I have seen the devastating effects of gun violence. I cannot understand how anyone can justify allowing violent criminals such easy access to guns,” LaFrance said. “It’s common sense. To me, this isn’t about politics. It’s about common sense.”

– JOSEPH G. COTE