Jun 29, 2016 1:45 PM

Salem Dems receive threat from man saying he'll 'kill staff with an AK-47'

SALEM, N.H. — Salem police have stepped up patrols around the New Hampshire Democratic Party campaign office after the party's Concord office received a voicemail threat from a man who said he was "going to kill staff with AK-47" over pending gun control legislation.

According to The Eagle-Tribune, someone from the Democratic Party office in Concord reported the threat to Salem Police June 23.

In an email to the newspaper, Evan Lukaske, the press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, acknowledged that the party received a threat in the early morning of June 23.

Lukaske did not respond to further emails. Multiple phone calls to the party Tuesday were not returned.

Sgt. Joseph Keating of the Salem police told the newspaper the department's protocol for such threats is dictated by the circumstances. On Tuesday, he said the department was still issuing extra patrols in the area of 15 Ermer Road, and had been since receiving word of the threat Thursday morning.

Last week, the United States Senate voted on four bills — two Republican and two Democratic — that would impose some sort of increased controls on the purchase of firearms, from requiring background checks for all gun sales to restricting suspected terrorists on the no-fly list from buying a gun. All four bills failed.

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