Mental health checks among NH gun control measures

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's strong Second Amendment support helped push a "Stand Your Ground" law over a governor's veto, but a pair of bills limiting access to guns when mental health problems arise could test the state's entrenched belief in unfettered gun rights.

The bills will be considered next year in the aftermath of deadly shootings at a Connecticut elementary school and the Washington Navy Yard. They are among perhaps a dozen or more gun control-related bills ranging from banning assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines to forbidding such a ban if passed by Congress.

Gun control advocates have failed over the years to restrict gun owners' rights to keep and bear arms, but the two bills that approach the issue from a mental health viewpoint are getting early bipartisan support.

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