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Proposal to Allow Concealed Weapons In House Chamber Clears Committee

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Concealed weapons would again be allowed in and around the N.H. house chamber under a policy endorsed Thursday by the House rules committee.

Goffstown republican John Burt sponsored the change, which would restore polices in effect at the N.H. House from 2011 to 2013.

"When you have a gun free zone it’s a false sense of security. It really is, you know some people might feel good and say we are safe in there. We are really not."

The rules committee vote broke along party lines, with all republicans, including House Speaker Shawn Jasper in support, and all democrats in opposition.

The committee unanimously rejected a separate rule also proposed by Burt that would have allowed weapons to be carried openly in the house chamber.

The full house vote on rules January 7th.

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