A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to 8 ½ years in federal prison for assaulting and robbing an individual during a firearms transaction who was working with authorities. Court documents say 27-year-old Aaron Sperow, of Nashua, arranged for someone to come to a house to buy the guns in 2017. The victim, who was robbed and assaulted, was assisting federal agents and was equipped with audio and video surveillance equipment. Sperow and two others were arrested. Sperow pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy; robbery; assault; use of a firearm during a crime of violence; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to five years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms. Court documents say 23-year-old Hector Velez, of Manchester, was driving and stopped by police, who saw what appeared to be drugs. The officers impounded the car and got a search warrant that resulted in the seizure of two firearms, marijuana, and cocaine. Velez, a previously convicted felon, was prohibited from having the firearms.
THE BATTLE over guns in the House of Representatives is most likely headed to court. A group of Republican representatives announced their plans to sue Speaker Steve Shurtleff on Thursday morning, just before the House’s first voting session of the year was about to get underway. The group’s attorney, former Merrimack Republican Rep. Dan Hynes, on Friday provided a copy of the lawsuit that he said is ready to file in Merrimack County Superior Court immediately after the next voting session of the House, unless representatives vote to revoke or significantly modify the recent rule banning firearms in the chamber and anterooms.
A radiologist with professional ties to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Florida was arrested by Auburn police Sunday for illegal possession of a handgun and for allegedly offering to engage in sex for a fee, according to police and medical licensing records.
In many cases, there has been a rush to judgment to link mental illness as the cause, even as mental health experts and advocates know there is no causal relationship and that people with mental illness are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence. While the United States has a comparatively high percentage of suicides that are committed with firearms as opposed to other means, it does not have a particularly high overall suicide rate compared to countries that severely limit civilian access to firearms. It is clear that mental illness plays a key role in suicide, whether carried out with firearms or through other means, but policies seeking to reduce the overall suicide rate should account for the many factors associated with increased risks of suicide, not just the presence of mental illness. Most gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides, but there is little statistical connection between overall suicide rates, gun laws, and general firearm access. Finally, while most mentally ill individuals are not—and never will become—violent, certain types of untreated, serious mental illness are associated with a higher prevalence of interpersonal violent behaviors. Suicide rates in the United States have remained relatively stable over the past 50 years, even though the number of guns per capita has doubled. Moreover, since 1999, while the number of privately owned firearms has increased by more than 100 million, the percentage of suicides committed with firearms has actually decreased.
Youth suicide rates consistently are higher in states with high rates of household gun ownership, the study found. In New Hampshire, there are 19,284 registered firearms dispersed among its population of 1,323,459 people averaging 14.6 guns for every 1,000 residents which accounts for more than 50% of the population being armed. But New Hampshire ranks the 10th lowest youth suicide rate, at 4.2 per 100,000.