NH bill: limit gun purchases by mentally ill

By By NORMA LOVE

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's strong Second Amendment support has stopped efforts to control guns over the years, but a bill limiting access by the mentally ill could test the state's staunch belief in unfettered gun rights.

State Sen. David Watters' bill would add a stringent definition of people judged by a court to be mentally ill to the list of people denied the right to buy guns during background checks. Watters says New Hampshire is one of 11 states that don't report those names to the FBI to include in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Federal law bars people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility or declared mentally ill by a judge from legally buying guns from licensed dealers.

A hearing is set for Tuesday.

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