N.H. House passes gun waiting period bill

Associated Press
Published: 2/19/2020 5:05:18 PM

The New Hampshire House has again passed legislation to impose a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a gun.

The bill sent to the Senate on Wednesday differs from one Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed last year. Instead of a seven-day waiting period, it would create a three-day waiting period. And it adds a waiver for those who are in fear for their lives due to domestic violence.

Supporters said their main goal is to reduce suicide at a time when the suicide rate in New Hampshire is increasing faster than the rest of the country. Opponents countered that New Hampshire is one of the safest states in the country and that if the bill is enacted, gun control advocates would likely extend the waiting period in the future.

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