CONCORD, N.H. — State representatives may now carry concealed weapons on the floor of the House.
The New Hampshire House voted 228 to 149 on Wednesday to allow the carrying of concealed guns in the House chamber. This is a return to the policy of the last Republican-led House from 2011 to 2012. Democrats repealed the policy in 2013.
The 400 members of the Republican-controlled House voted largely along party lines. Supporters say allowing concealed weapons on the floor is important for protection. But opponents say allowing guns on the House floor is unnecessary and inappropriate.
Wednesday's House session is the first day of the 2015 legislative year. A fight over Republican House leadership and a debate over the frequency of roll call votes also are on the agenda.