Background checks for gun buyers to be studied
Last week, the House voted 242-118 after a lengthy debate to kill House Bill 1589, which would have required background checks for all commercial gun sales, including those at gun shows and flea markets.
During the debate, opponents of the bill successfully changed the bill to a study commission to look at the relationship between the state’s good safety record and its gun laws.
Thursday the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 12-6 to establish a study commission on gun violence, methods to strengthen the background check system and measures to promote firearms safety.
Rep. JR Hoell, R-Dunbarton, the sponsor of HB 1264, said the commission would be weighted to those favoring restricting 2nd Amendment rights.
“The proposed commission will include a diverse set of stakeholders,” said Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins. “This fair and balanced representation of interests will make the study commission insightful and fruitful.”
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