New Hampshire House passes two gun-control bills

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Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House passed bills that would tighten the rules around gun sALES.

House Bill 109, which passed by a 203-148 margin, would require all commercial sales of firearms to go through a licensed dealer who would be required to conduct a federal background check.

A second measure which would impose a mandatory 7-day waiting period on most gun sales. That bill, House Bill 514, passed by a smaller margin n the Democratic-controlled chamber, 199-147.

Both bills will now move to the Senate, where Democrats also enjoy a majority.

House Bill 109 is aimed at the so-called background-check or “gun show” loophole” which does not require unlicensed gun sellers to conduct background checks through the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The bill would exclude private and noncommercial sales or transfers between individuals.

Sponsors said it would help keep firearms out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill. Supporters of a seven-day waiting period say it would help reduce the number of suicides by firearms.

Opponents of both billS say they will effectively penalize law-abiding gun owners and supporters of the Second Amendment.

If passed by the Senate, both bills could face vetos by Gov. Chris Sununu, who has said he thinks existing gun laws in the state are adequate.

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