NH bill: Limit gun purchases by mentally ill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Advocates for the mentally ill are urging New Hampshire senators to focus on who is dangerous in society in removing gun rights rather than singling out people with mental issues.

They testified Tuesday against legislation that would require New Hampshire to report people judged by a court to be mentally ill to the list of people denied the right to buy guns during background checks.

Gun rights groups split over the bill with Pro Gun New Hampshire supporting it if it provided a way to restore the rights. But Gun Owners of New Hampshire opposed the bill.

Sen. David Watters’ bill would require the state to report the names to the FBI to include in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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