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Legal fund set up for man subdued, arrested at gun rally

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 02. 2013 10:13PM
The moment Daniel Musso, 52, of Brentwood touched a Concord police officer was captured by WMUR. Video: (WMUR/YouTube)

CONCORD — A legal fund has been set up in the name of a Brentwood man who was subdued with a stun gun while being arrested during a gun control rally outside the Capitol last month.

Daniel Musso was arrested June 19 and faces charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and simple assault. He is due in court next month on the misdemeanor charges.

Former state Republican Chairman Jack Kimball encouraged people to donate, but said he did not set up the fund and was not sure who did when he sent an email last month to possible supporters, telling Musso's story and asking for donations.

"I'm happy to support it, so I sent out an email in support of it, and I sent a check as well," he said Tuesday.

Musso is scheduled to appear in Concord District Court the morning of Aug. 19.

On Friday, Gun Rights Across America: New Hampshire will hold a business meeting at the Puritan Backroom, 345 Hooksett Road, Manchester, at noon.

In conjunction with that meeting, gun rights supporters are being asked to meet across the street from the restaurant at Livingston Park to protest the appearance in Manchester of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, who are on a "Rights and Responsibilities Tour." It's part of their effort to promote stricter gun control measures and draw attention to Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, who did not support a measure in the Senate calling for broader background check efforts.

Giffords' new advocacy group and PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, began airing radio ads in the state this spring, critical of Ayotte.

Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, was badly injured when she was shot in the head by a gunman who killed six and wounded 12 others at an Arizona shopping center on Jan. 8, 2011. She subsequently left Congress to heal.

In August 2012, her attacker was judged competent to stand trial, and he pleaded guilty. In November 2012, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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