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House committee opposes bill to keep mental health records out of federal gun checks
Senate Bill 244 would establish an annulment procedure that would allow those prohibited from owning firearms due to mental illness to be removed from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System — the list licensed gun dealers use for background checks.
"This bill is a mess," said committee member Rep. Paul Berch, D-Westmoreland. "This may be a lawyer's dream, but it's a citizen's nightmare."
However, New Hampshire is one of 17 states that do not report those found mentally ill by courts to the federal background check list.
The Senate refused to go along with the reporting requirements or establishing a committee to study the issue of adding the mentally ill to the federal prohibition list.
The main motivation for the bill is for people on the federal gun prohibition list to get off the list so they can obtain a firearm said Rep. Robert Rowe, R-Amherst. "This bill does not do the job," he said.
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