Oct. 16, 2009
N. H. Safety Dept to police: End firearms checks
October 16, 2009
CONCORD, N. H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Safety has ordered law enforcement agencies to stop running background checks before returning confiscated firearms to their owners, saying it's a misuse of the system.
The New Hampshire Union Leader reports assistant commissioner Earl Sweeney sent a memo on Sept. 28 to police throughout the state. It reminded them that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System can be used only by federally licensed gun manufacturers, importers and dealers.
Sweeney says police checks before returning confiscated firearms exceeds the authority granted to the Safety Department by the Legislature.
The order is in response to a complaint filed with the state by Concord attorney Evan Nappen, who specializes in weapons law. He contacted the state after Manchester police ran an NICS check on one of his clients.
Information from The New Hampshire Union Leader