New Hampshire House Voted to Ban Guns
After an emotional debate in New Hampshire Today 1/2/2013 on safety and Constitutional rights.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to ban guns from the gallery, House floor and anteroom. The vote was 196-153.
The move reverses a rule implemented in the previous legislation session, when Republicans enjoyed majority control. This new New Hampshire Gun Rule is an emotional one for many.
Democrats, led by House Speaker Terie Norelli (D-Portsmouth) turned back several Republican attempts to upset the new rule. The first working day of the 2013 legislative session, the recent Democratic electoral gains were noteworthy.
The rule grew emotional at times as state representatives referenced The Second Amendment, constitutional rights, and the deadly shooting in Newtown, CT.
Rep. Al Baldasaro stated "This is the people's house in the state of New Hampshire," ,who admitted he also carries a firearm. "We take the Second Amendment to heart here."
Baldasaro also said lawmakers should be going after criminals; "instead, we're going after law-abiding citizens."
Rep. Gary Richardson (D-Hopkinton), who proposed an amendment to clarify where the ban would be in effect, noted he was also a gun owner. But said, there must be reasonable restrictions to the Constitutional right to own and carry firearms.
Rep. John Burt (R-Goffstown) was one of the House members trying to thwart the rule change. "If we become a gun-free zone," he said, "we're sitting ducks."
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