HB 201, Background Checks to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Felons, Domestic Abusers

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    Subject: Let's close the background checks loophole
    There is a state level bill to close the background checks loophole, and it is up for an important vote. Please check out this action alert to take action on it:

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    Last year, New Hampshire conducted over 165,000 background checks to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, and other prohibited persons. But guns sold in New Hampshire through private sales at gun shows, online, or the classifieds do not currently require a background check. Under HB 201, commercially advertised gun sales – a sale, transfer, or exchange of a firearm that takes place at, or on the curtilage of, a gun show or pursuant to an offer to sell or buy a firearm from an advertisement, posting, listing, or display – would require a criminal background check through a federally licensed dealer using the same background check system already used in all dealer sales.

    This bill would help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and save lives. An overwhelming 89% of Granite Staters support background checks – including a majority of gun owners and NRA members.

    It does not affect law-abiding New Hampshire gun owners selling and trading guns between friends and family. It expressly prohibits a gun registry.