NH House voting on expanding gun background checks
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The House is considering legislation to expand New Hampshire's background checks for gun sales and transfers to include gun shows.
Under the bill being voted on Wednesday, most private sellers would be required to conduct background checks through federally licensed dealers, using a system already in place for dealer sales. Breaking the law would draw a misdemeanor charge. An exception would be made for noncommercial private sales between individuals not prohibited by federal law from buying a gun.
Supporters argue background checks have proven to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
But critics say criminals would simply sidestep the law to get guns.Associated Press