NH House Republican Leader Comments on Bill Restricting Gun Transfers

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered the following comments relative to HB 1589, a bill that would prohibit the private transfer of firearms between two law abiding citizens and mandate the involvement of licensed dealers in all transactions.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“This bill attempts to solve a non-existent problem in New Hampshire. We all know the vast majority of gun owners in New Hampshire are honest, law abiding citizens. HB 1589 would make some of these individuals felons by essentially making private sale or transfer of guns illegal.”

“We all want to keep guns out of the hands of those with criminal intent or those who may be mentally unfit, but this bill is an excessive overreach. Criminals will always find ways to circumvent this law as they do other laws. This bill does little more than chip away at our constitutional rights and make criminals out of responsible gun owners.”