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House Committee Endorses Gun Ban

A Seacoast lawmaker requested a ban in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

UPDATE, 7 p.m.

The House Rules Committee on Thursday voted 6-4 to ban lawmakers from carrying guns at the Statehouse.

The ban proposal will go before the full House when it convenes Jan. 2.

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In the wake of the , a New Hampshire state representative has proposed banning lawmakers from carrying guns in the Statehouse.

Under current House rules, lawmakers are allowed to possess guns in session. 

State Rep. Rebecca Emerson-Brown, D-Portsmouth, requested the House Rules Committee change the rules and institute a ban. The ban would not apply to armed security guards.

"Politics is passionate and adding firearms to that mix is deadly," said Emerson-Brown, who's serving her first term in the House.

The current rule allowing lawmakers to carry guns was put in place two years ago under the leadership of former House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon. He said it's an important deterrent against crazed individuals from launching attacks.

"Those who would misuse guns haven't come to the Statehouse," O'Brien said.

He said gun-free zones like schools and movie theaters aren't necessarily safer, evidenced by the Newtown and Aurora shootings this year.

Emerson-Brown, who doesn't own a gun, said she heard from parents who are afraid to let their children visit the Statehouse on student field trips.

"Nobody should be intimidated at the Statehouse," she said.

She continued, "It's not about taking away someone's right to have a gun. It's about having a safe Statehouse."

O'Brien said it's "disappointing" that her proposal pertains to something other than the state's economy, which he said should be the focus of early legislative efforts this session.

Emerson-Brown's proposal could be discussed today when the House Rules Committee meets.

steve forte December 28, 2012 at 01:26 PM
No hand grenades and nuclear weapons? Childs play.
Peter T. Hansen December 28, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Steve, Your comment leads me to believe your having issue's with the veracity of my post? How much more evidence do you need? You want eye witnesses and printed or video confirmation? C'mon this is America!
steve forte December 28, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Hey some beleive Elizebeth Warrens study that hospital bills are the #1 reason for bankruptcy in this country. Your ficticious post is probably a little closer to the truth.
Proud Conservative December 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
"I almost witnessed....." sure you did. But you woke up before that part of the dream, right? Damn the bad luck, eh?
Brian Hayek January 17, 2013 at 02:56 AM
I'm with Mr.Hansen here, just because you're ignorant of what the 2nd amendment is and therefore "want to repeal it" doesn't make it logically valid nor remotely sane.

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