Senate passes firearms restriction bills on party lines
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A trio of bills to tighten restrictions on firearms in New Hampshire passed the Senate on Thursday, in a series of 13-10 party-line votes that bring the bills closer to the governor.
Over hours of debate, senators took up legislation to strengthen background checks, impose waiting periods and allow schools to ban guns.
One bill, House Bill 109, would tighten up background checks by requiring them for all firearms transfers between sellers, dealers and buyers – closing what supporters said was a loophole that allows buyers to buy from dealers without background checks. Another bill, House Bill 514, seeks to institute a three-day waiting period for firearms purchases to prevent impulsive purchases for suicide.