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Dec 10, 2015 1:02 PM

National gun safety group calls out NH, says mentally ill not blocked from getting guns


CONCORD - A national gun safety organization is calling out New Hampshire over new FBI data that shows the state ranks among the worst-performing states at submitting mental health records of people with dangerous mental illness to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

"While nationwide, states have submitted more than two million records since the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, New Hampshire has not submitted any records...since NICS was established more than 20 years ago," Everytown for Gun Safety said in a news release Thursday.

New Hampshire lawmakers considered and then rejected legislation last year submitted by Democratic state Sen. David Watters that would have required anyone deemed by a court not mentally competent be reported to the background check system. The bill also provided an appeal process for removal from the list.

Some gun rights advocates and mental health advocates in N.H. opposed the proposal, which died in April of 2014. Mental health advocates said people with mental illness are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence.


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