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Legal Information: New Hampshire

State Gun Laws

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February 10, 2020

The abuser did not show up for the PO hearing. Can his/her gun still be taken away?

Yes. Your abuser does not have to come to the hearing in order for the law to apply to him, but he does have to be given notice of the hearing and an opportunity to attend.1

In addition, New Hampshire has a law that says if you can show that you are in immediate and present danger of abuse (such as by calling the police, and having the police determine that you are in danger), the court will enter an emergency protective order that allows a peace officer to take your abuser’s guns away.2

1 United States v. Bunnell 106 F. Supp. 2d 60 (D. Me. 2000), aff’d 280 F. 3d 46 (1st Cir. 2002)
2 RSA § 173-B:4