New Hampshire HB 514 - Waiting Periods / by Charles Yeganian

New Hampshire HB 514

by Rep. Katherine Rogers (D) with Dennis Abbott (D), Lisa Bunker (D), Jacqueline Chretien (D), Casey Conley (D), Tim Josephson (D), Donna Mombourquette (D)

LEAP Forward Position: Support


Purchase and Delivery of a Firearm or Ammunition. Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 159-D the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 159-E

PURCHASE AND DELIVERY OF A FIREARM OR AMMUNITION

159-E:1 Purchase and Delivery of a Firearm or Ammunition.

I. No licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector shall transfer, sell, trade, give, transport, or deliver a firearm or ammunition to any person, other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector until a waiting period of 7 days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, has expired. “Licensed importer,” “licensed manufacturer,” “licensed dealer,” “licensed collector,” “firearm,” and “ammunition” shall have the same meaning as in 18 U.S.C. section 921.

II. A licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector shall make available records of firearm and ammunition sales for inspection by any state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency, during normal business hours.

III. The waiting period shall not apply in the following circumstances:

(a) To the trade-in of a firearm to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector.

(b) To the purchase of a rifle or shotgun, upon a person’s successfully completing a minimum of a 16-hour hunter safety course offered by the department of fish and game. A person who is exempt from the hunter safety course offered by the fish and game department and holds a valid New Hampshire hunting license shall be exempt from the waiting period under this section for the purchase of a rifle or shotgun.

(c) When a rifle or shotgun is being purchased by a state, county, or municipal law enforcement officer, state or county correctional officer, or an active duty member of the armed forces as defined in RSA 21:50, III.

159-E:2 Penalty. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a class B felony.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.