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On the Rules Committee Recommendations Concerning Weapons

Legislators will be asked to return to previous, long running, and well working rules

As you know, tomorrow the Legislature will be adopting its rules for the 2013-2014 biennial session. One of the rules changes requested will be to return to the previous rules regarding guns on the State House floor. Here is the information I need to take into account on this change:

~ Following the days after the massacre at Newtown I received several emails from constituents; one began like this: "Too much is too much! Now is the time to legislate some controls."

~ While I was running for State Representative and introducing myself to neighbors in my ward, a common thread of the many issues people spoke about often began with "And the first thing they did was allow guns in the State House!"

~ I've had mothers tell me that their 4th grader wouldn't be allowed to do their State House tour because they heard about Legislators dropping their guns or being observed taking them out to show them off.

~ This isn't something we should allow to be divisive now; the state has real issues that affect the lives of our fellow citizens. We need to work together to find the best solution for the most important issues for today and for the future: the economy, jobs, education, and how to pay for what we need.

~ Legislators carrying guns in the State House is a distraction, a disturbing and frustrating unnecessary division that was artificially created to take attention away from important issues of the last biennium.

As a representative of my constituents, I will vote as my constituents have asked me to vote. We need to return to the previous rule and ask all Legislators to leave their guns outside and allow us to get to work on what matters to the people.

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James H Annis January 01, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Have to agree, this is one rule change that need to be made.. It is common sense in this day and age..
Michael Reed January 02, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Bunk. Guns were removed for two years. Before that they were aways there, and no one knew the difference. All your doing removing the right to protect yourself in a building with no metal detectors.
Super Fun Size January 02, 2013 at 01:17 AM
"Before that"? Weapons had been barred from the Statehouse chambers since 1971. In 1996 a Statehouse weapons ban was expanded by a Republican majority to include the Legislative Office Building across the street from the Statehouse. You would think that Representative Michael T Reed would know that.....
Super Fun Size January 02, 2013 at 01:25 AM
"The person most upset at me for the tactic of rewarding my friends and remembering my enemies was a World War I veteran who was a heavy drinker. He had a prized aisle seat in the New Hampshire Legislature. I took his back-row aisle seat away from him because he had opposed my Speaker candidacy. The man showed up in the legislature with a gun one day - a pistol. Minority Leader Bill Craig came down to the podium and said, 'I don't want to alarm you, Marshall, but Cap Gay's in the back of the hall with a pistol. He says he's going to shoot you.'" From Republican House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh's 2005 memoir, "We Ain't Making Sausage Here,"
Super Fun Size January 02, 2013 at 01:28 AM
"When a police officer points his firearm that's not gonna make me feel threatened? If I've been trained to respond to that with force am I justified in blowing a cop away because I'm quicker on the draw, and he already pointed his firearm at me? Police are just citizens with badges and all laws should apply equally" Republican Kyle Tasker (Famous for dropping his weapon in the the Statehouse.)
steve forte January 02, 2013 at 04:12 PM
So will you vote to have a metal detector installed? Whats to keep folks from obeying a ban. Obviously someone hellbent on spraying the chambers with gunfire is not going to be too worried about a tresspassing charge for carrying in a gun free zone.
Super Fun Size January 02, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Obviously someone hellbent on spraying the chambers with gunfire is not going to be too worried about some legislator with a gun he has no idea what to do with.
steve forte January 02, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Why is that obvious? All public shooting where more then 3 have been killed accured in gun free zones. Also what makes you beleive no one who carrys a gun has ever had any training. I asume you are aware that 2 days after the ct shooting a man in San antonio went into a theatre shooting and was shot instead , correct?
Ray Guarino January 02, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Way to go Jan. New Hampshire needs more reality based legislators who know how to think things through.
steve forte January 03, 2013 at 12:19 PM
The reality is they are trying to fix a problem that dosnt exist. So much easier then fixing real problems.

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