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NH Gov. Hassan: Pass gun background checks

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's governor says the state should follow federal law and report the names of people judged mentally ill to the government as part of the background check system to buy a gun.

During her annual State of the State address on Thursday, Gov. Maggie Hassan said strengthening the background check law will make communities safer.

The measure faces opposition in the state that has a history of protecting gun owner rights.

Hassan also acknowledged resistance from advocates who say the law would stigmatize people with mental illness.

Federal law bars people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility or declared mentally ill by a judge from legally buying guns from licensed dealers. More than 30 states report names of people judged mentally ill to the government.

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