Update on 1/7/11:
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Republicans started off the year by allowing guns in and around the New Hampshire House chambers Wednesday, and starting an ouster attempt against a leading Democrat.
The change in gun policy reverses a long-standing ban on firearms in Representatives Hall and adjacent areas. Republicans supported the change in a loud voice vote.
Democrats tried to win a ban on deadly weapons in the House gallery area, but were defeated by the three-to-one GOP majority. Firearms have been banned from the chamber for 40 years, since 1971.
Lawmakers on Tuesday repealed a year-old ban on all weapons at the State House complex.
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Great news out of New Hampshire.
A legislative committee voted yesterday to repeal the ban on carrying guns in the State House.
The 10 Republicans on the Joint Legislative Facilities Committee voted to repeal the ban in the State House complex; the only dissenter was Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen, a Concord Democrat.
The repeal “will restore Second Amendment rights to the people of New Hampshire in what we’ve come to recognize as the people’s house,” said House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, a Salem Republican.
The House will vote today on whether to remove a separate ban on carrying guns into the House chamber.
The ban on carrying deadly weapons in the State House, Legislative Office Building and Upham Walker House was implemented by the facilities committee, then led by Democrats, in December 2009. It had previously been in effect from 1996 to 2006. The ban stated that only law enforcement personnel on active duty could carry deadly weapons. After Republicans complained that the ban was enacted at a meeting with no public notice, the committee reconsidered the ban – and passed it again – the following month.
The committee yesterday repealed the ban and reverted to language that was in effect in 2006. The rule now states only that security and enforcement of laws and rules within the House and Senate chambers, galleries and anterooms will be up to the Sergeants-at-Arms. Enforcement of laws and rules for the rest of the State House complex will be the responsibility of the chief of protective services and the state police.
The vote followed nearly an hour of testimony on both sides of the issue – but many committee members made their pro-gun views known early on.
After Carol Backus of Manchester testified that she had safety concerns about allowing guns in the same place as schoolchildren, committee member Sen. Tom De Blois, a Manchester Republican, questioned whether forbidding guns was actually safer.
“Is there a police officer . . . in the room right now?” he asked. When no one came forward, De Blois asked Backus, “If a gunman walked through the door right now with every one of us unarmed, how many of us would escape?”
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