New Hampshire lawmakers can again carry guns on House floor

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 11:59 AM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Legislators may once again carry concealed guns on New Hampshire's House floor after Republicans reversed a ban instituted two years ago by Democrats.

The House opened the new legislative session Wednesday with a 228-149 vote allowing the guns. That marks a return to the policy of the last Republican-led House from 2011-2012. Democrats had banned them in 2013, when they controlled the chamber.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says as many as 10 other states allow the public to carry guns into statehouses.

Supporters say allowing the weapons is important for protection. Opponents say it's unnecessary and inappropriate.

Republican Rep. Fred Rice of Hampton says: "We're not talking about irresponsible people running around waving guns in the air and making a scene. We're talking about people who want to have the right to self-defense."