New Hampshire bill would allow show of guns to trespassers.

New Hampshire lawmakers today will debate a gun bill inspired…

New Hampshire lawmakers today will debate a gun bill inspired by the Moultonborough farmer who was jailed for brandishing a gun at a trespasser who refused to leave his remote property.

The bill would protect homeowners from being prosecuted for criminal threatening if they display a gun to a trespasser who refuses to leave.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Betsey Patten, whose district includes the hilltop home of 49-year-old Ward Bird who was sentenced to a mandatory minimum three-year prison term for showing a gun to a woman who refused his request to leave his property.

The Executive Council took the rare step of commuting Bird’s sentence earlier this month, freeing him from the jail cell where he spent Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Source: Lynne Tuohy for the Associated Press.

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