Monday, January 12, 2015

Live Free or Die State: Lawmakers in N.H. Allow Concealed Weapons in House chambers

For nearly a decade, New Hampshire’s Legislature has maintained an on-again, off-again relationship with side arms, removing and reinstating various rules about where lawmakers can carry guns while conducting legislative business.
The New Hampshire State House 
This week, things changed again when the Republican-led House of Representatives voted 228 to 149 to allow concealed weapons in its chambers.
The measure was among the first items considered by the new Legislature, and, according to its supporters, will make the State House safer and allow members to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
“We’re not talking about the Wild West,” said state Representative Fred Rice, a Republican from Hampton. “We’re not talking about irresponsible people running around waving guns in the air. . . . We’re asking for the right to do what we do in our daily lives.”
Guns and other weapons were first banned from the House chambers in the early 1970s, and the restriction was later extended to include the entire legislative campus.
The ban was lifted in 2006 and then reinstated three years later.
In 2010, Republican leadership again removed gun restrictions in the State House and its adjacent buildings.
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