CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, Republicans on the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted along party lines to kill HB 1668, a bill to enact common-sense firearm background checks. Prime Sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Katherine Rogers (D-Concord) released the following statement:
“Requiring a background check of non-licensed gun sales is the very least we can do to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Right now, in New Hampshire, convicted domestic abusers and violent criminals can purchase a gun online, at flea markets, in private sales and at gun shows without any restrictions. Closing background check loopholes is essential public policy and does not threaten our 2nd amendment rights. In fact, similar laws exist in twenty-two other states and the District of Columbia.
I have introduced this bill six times in the House of Representatives and each year, more and more Granite Staters needlessly lose their lives to gun violence while no action is taken. It is far past time for Republicans to put aside their baseless excuses and protect our families and communities from deadly violence.”