Hassan: 'Broad Coalition' Should Look At Gun Access For People With Mental Illness

May 18, 2016

Evidence markers at the scene of last week's shooting in Manchester
Credit NHPR Staff

Governor Maggie Hassan says last week's shooting of two Manchester police officers by a suspect who with mental health problems illustrates the need for New Hampshire to do a better job of keeping guns away from people who shouldn't have them.

"I think this issue needs to be looked at by a broad coalition of stakeholders and that is certainly one of the questions that they should address. I think we should work together to take steps forward to improve public safety and public heath of New Hampshire," Hassan said.

New Hampshire is among the few states that doesn't share mental health information for the FBI’s national background check gun registry. Governor Hassan says the state should consider changing that.