Disappointed expanded background checks for guns bill didn’t pass

To the Editor:

I was very disappointed to learn that the New Hampshire House bill expanding background checks for gun sales and transfers to include gun shows, the Internet and flea markets failed to pass, especially since it was recommended by the committee that studied it.

The bill would have required most private sellers to conduct background checks through federally licensed dealers using a system already in place for dealer sales. Why shouldn’t gun sellers be responsible for such checks? This could help avoid guns getting into the wrong hands and possibly prevent another gun tragedy.

Are some of our representatives just catering to the NRA lobby rather than focusing on what is right for New Hampshire?

Note my information source: Associated Press – “NH House kills gun background bill” by Normal Love – Feb. 12, 2014.