CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the House vote on HB1379, requiring a background check for commercial firearms sales. The bill passed by a vote of 196-152. 100% of Republicans voted in opposition to the bill, along with 11 Democrats.

“This is the second time this term that we see this legislation, and I suspect this bill will meet the same fate. Republicans have the votes to sustain the governor’s veto on this bill just as we did last year,” Hinch stated. ”In prior terms, this legislation has been defeated by a bipartisan majority vote. Democrats’ broken record approach, repeating the same failed anti-second amendment legislation each year needs to stop.”