NH gunowner, not shooter, may be liable | Concord Monitor

In a case attorneys say has no precedent in New Hampshire, a federal appeals court is weighing whether the owner of a handgun used to kill three people at a Conway military surplus shop in July 2007 could be held liable for their murders.

Lawrence Secord didn’t do enough to secure the .22-caliber handgun he kept at his camp in Wentworth Location, enabling his grandson, Michael Woodbury, to steal it and open fire in the Army Barracks store several days later, according to a lawsuit brought by the mother of one of the victims.

A federal judge decided Secord didn’t have a duty to store his gun in a different manner, citing the circumstances of the case – that Woodbury had broken into Secord’s cabin – and a New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling that individuals ordinarily can’t be held liable for crimes committed by others. Continue reading

Chichester: Police sued for gun seizure | Concord Monitor

While attempting to seize guns from a man accused of domestic violence, Chichester and Epsom police officers took away firearms belonging to his family members instead, in violation of their civil rights, according to allegations contained in a lawsuit.  Four members of Michael Martel Jr.’s family say he wasn’t living in their Chichester home last August when officers stormed in, taking about a dozen guns, including one from his father’s holster, according to their attorney, Richard Lehmann.  It took the family 10 weeks to retrieve their firearms, according to the suit, during which time the family members suffered “injuries including mental anguish, embarrassment, violation of their privacy and the sanctity of their home, and the fear of knowing that they were left exposed and unable to defend themselves...” via  Concord Monitor.