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House defeats mental health gun rights annulment bill
Senate Bill 244 would have established 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.
Bill supporters say annulment is needed to end the stigmatization of the mentally ill, although almost all agree SB 244 would need significant changes to accomplish its goal.
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.
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