Delmar Burridge, New Hampshire Lawmaker, Seeks Gun Ban In Public Buildings

by John Celock, The Huffington Post  |  published on December 5, 2012

A newly elected New Hampshire state legislator has proposed legislation to ban openly carrying guns in public buildings.

State Rep.-elect Delmar Burridge (D-Keene) said he wants to stop the practice of carrying guns into public buildings, including schools, libraries and the Statehouse, as a way to make the state safer.

“It’s outrageous,” Burridge told HuffPost. “I don’t think public employees, people who go to college should be subjected to this.”

The legislation, which is gathering opposition from the state chapter of the National Rifle Association, would allow those with conceal carry permits to continue bringing guns into public buildings. Certified peace officers also still would be able to carry guns openly in public buildings under the legislation.

Burridge said New Hampshire’s conceal carry laws require a permit that can only be obtained with three character references, along with permission from a local police department — a process that ensures safety when permitted carriers bring guns into public spaces, he said.

Burridge noted that the practice of openly carrying guns into state buildings has caused problems in the state Legislature. Rep. Kyle Tasker (R-Nottingham) dropped one of his guns on the floor during a House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting in March. Tasker, who carries two guns in a shoulder holster, said at the time that he was feeling “loopy” after giving blood and that caused the gun to fall to the floor. Tasker’s gun did not discharge.

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