New Hampshire Considering Bill To Ban Officers From Using Deadly Force

A bill proposed by a Libertarian group wants to restrict an officer's ability to use deadly force when making an arrest.

Concord, NH – New Hampshire police officials are pushing back on a proposed bill that would restrict law enforcement’s ability to use deadly force.

The legislation, proposed by a Libertarian group called the New Hampshire Liberty-Republicans, would revoke the legal authority law enforcement officers currently have to use deadly force if necessary while making an arrest, WMUR reported.

Police chiefs from across the state are fighting the proposed legislation and have said that restricting the use of deadly force would put officers’ lives in danger.

"It will make it much more difficult, if not impossible, for us to effect our jobs in certain situations,” Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein told WMUR.

The legislation, known officially as House Bill 218, is currently being considered by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee, and the next hearing will be on Jan. 16, according to the New Hampshire General Court website.

The committee is expected to vote on the bill later this month, WMUR reported.

Actor Dean Cain, a reserve police officer and well-known law enforcement advocate, told The Daily Caller that the proposed law was not a good one.

“Terrible idea,” Cain said. ““No law enforcement officer wants to use deadly force during an arrest. Regrettably, sometimes it is the only option. Enacting a law like this is dangerous, irresponsible, and will lead to even more violence against law enforcement.”

He argued that deadly force is only supposed to be used as a last resort in all cases, and said it is usually only implemented to prevent injury to the officer or members of the general public.

One retired law enforcement source told The Daily Caller that things have changed in recent years so that police officers have to worry about more than getting injured or killed on the job.

He said that now they “have to worry if they’re going to lose their job or get sued.”

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LEO0301
LEO0301

No officer would be willing to work under those conditions. I can't imagine any officer staying with a department in that state if the law is implemented. Officers would stop making traffic stops, checking suspicious people or putting themselves in any situation where there was a possibility they would have to use deadly force to save themselves.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

If this bill goes through, they might as well take real guns out of the officers' holsters and replace them with water guns or Nerf guns. (Maybe put lemon juice in water guns - make their eyes sting!)

gfc1963
gfc1963

You cannot make this shit up!! Do these people realise what they are saying??

Ronnytx031
Ronnytx031

Funny but everyone is always trying to fix the officers. Adding policies taking policies away. When will these politicians that there are people in this country who refuse to obey laws are the problem.

Sthrnmojo
Sthrnmojo

And that would the day l turned my gear in and left. Some of those peckerwoods
could go take my shift. No one " shoots anyone to make an arrest"m you use deadly force to save your life , the life of an innocent 3rd party or the general public at large. FTLMF