New Hampshire

N.H. reps to vote on Statehouse gun ban

by Norma Love, Seacoastonline.com  |  published on January 2, 2013

Just as it was two years ago, guns in New Hampshire’s Statehouse will be debated when the Legislature convenes the new session today.

Democrats won control of the House in November’s election and are proposing to reinstitute a ban on guns and deadly weapons in the chamber and adjacent areas that Republicans repealed two years ago on the first day of the session.

A joint legislative committee controlled by Republicans for the past two years also repealed a ban on guns and dangerous weapons in the Statehouse complex, but House Speaker Terie Norelli, a Portsmouth Democrat, said today’s House vote on a rule change would only reinstitute the ban in its chamber and adjacent area.

Norelli said Democrats had been working on changing the rule before the December massacre of 20 children and six adults who were gunned down in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

Republicans will fight the ban, according to House Republican Leader Gene Chandler of Bartlett, who said he isn’t sure what it would accomplish.

Most lawmakers in his party “will vote against changing the rule, but it’s a sensitive time to be doing that, no question,” he said.

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