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New Hampshire: Senate Committee Passes Legislation to Fix Handgun Purchase Process

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New Hampshire: Senate Committee Passes Legislation to Fix Handgun Purchase Process

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 141 by a vote of 3-2. Senate Bill 141 cleans up New Hampshire’s handgun purchase process, bringing it in line with the same process used for long guns in the Granite State. Thanks to your strong support, this important legislation will advance this session.

Senate Bill 141 resolves New Hampshire’s longstanding problem with delays during handgun purchases, by abolishing the “state gun line” system that the State Police currently use for handgun purchases.  Instead, the process for purchasing a handgun will now mirror buying a long gun, which goes through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  This switch in the process will not only reduce taxpayer burdens, it will greatly reduce the number of delays experienced by those attempting to exercise their Second Amendment rights by purchasing a handgun.

Again, thank you to NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted the members of the committee in strong support of this important measure. Stay-tuned to NRA-ILA alerts for more updates and information on issues affecting your Second Amendment rights in New Hampshire.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.