NH House Kills Bill To Allow Guns In Statehouse

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The House has voted to keep a gun ban in place affecting the New Hampshire Statehouse and adjacent government buildings.

The House voted 191-167 Wednesday to kill a bill that would have repealed the weapons ban. The Joint Legislative Facilities Committee reinstated the weapons policy in December. The policy had been in force for a decade until it was lifted in 2006.

Ban supporters said people who feel they need to bring guns to the Statehouse can give their weapons to security officers to hold until they leave the buildings. They said visitors include school children who should not be exposed to guns in the Statehouse.

Ban opponents said they should be allowed to carry guns as a safety measure.

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