Democrats in Maryland and New Hampshire were able to progress a host of anti-gun bills that would take aim at private gun sales, among others. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Lawmakers in two states this week advanced gun control measures that would expand mandatory background checks on gun transfers and add new restrictions to others.
In New Hampshire, the Democrat-controlled state House approved HB 109 and HB 514, sending them to the equally blue state Senate. The bills, respectively, would require background checks on a wider pool of gun transfers and add a seven day waiting period to firearm purchases.
While anti-gun advocates that support the background check expansion argue it impacts commercial sales only, the bill’s text defines such a transfer as one that takes place “at a gun show, or pursuant to an advertisement, posting, listing, or display.” Second Amendment groups describe this as a thinly-veiled ban on many otherwise private sales unless they have a licensed firearm dealer first perform a background check.
Should the bills pass the New Hampshire Senate, they would have to earn the signature of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who signed a constitutional carry measure into law in 2017.
On Monday, the Democrat-controlled Maryland House approved HB 740 and HB 786, sending them to the state Senate. The bills in tandem would require person-to-person private sales of longarms such as rifles and shotguns to go through a licensed dealer for the purpose of a background check and establish a ban 3D-printed guns. Private sales of handguns and “assault weapons” already have to be processed by FFLs.