New Hampshire: Trio of Gun Control Bills Face Likely Veto
By Chris Eger
Dems sent the Granite State’s Republican Governor three gun control bills, which are likely to be rejected. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has told New Hampshire’s Democrat-controlled state legislature that gun control isn’t on his radar but that didn’t stop three such bills from reaching his desk.
The measures, to require background checks on private firearms transfers, expand “gun-free zones” around schools, and create a waiting period on gun sales, have been sent to Sununu in recent weeks on largely party-line votes. Sununu, who replaced Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in 2017, said he “absolutely” plans to veto several Dem priorities to include the gun legislation. A Sununu spokesman further explained the governor is not looking to make any changes to existing gun laws.
Of the measures, HB 109 would bar private firearms transfers in most cases without a background check performed by a licensed dealer. The National Rifle Association argues that the exemptions in the bill for private individuals “are effectively useless.”
The second bill, HB 514, would tack on an extra three days to the time between a gun purchase and its transfer. The time excludes weekends and holidays. Only 10 states currently have waiting period requirements on guns, ranging from