N.H. House votes to pass firearms waiting period, background checks
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The New Hampshire House passed a pair of bills to impose waiting periods and background checks on firearms purchases Tuesday, furthering a series of attempts by the Democratic majority this term to increase restrictions on guns.
The first, House Bill 514, would create a mandatory seven-day waiting period for all purchases of firearms or ammunition. Under the bill, any licensed dealer, manufacturer, collector or importer could not complete a sale until all seven days passed – not including weekends and holidays.
Advocates said the buffer period would act as a significant deterrent to suicide. Forcing people to wait before buying weapons and ammo could prevent spontaneous purchases by people seeking to take their own life, they argued.