CONCORD-House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House Rules committee voting 6-4 to amend House Rules to prohibit the carrying of firearms in Representatives’ Hall.

“Although this is not unexpected, I am extremely disappointed in today’s vote by the Rules Committee to prohibit the carrying of firearms in the House chamber. There are far more pressing issues facing our state than immediately taking away House members’ constitutionally protected right to bear arms. By removing this basic right, we are effectively making the chamber a gun-free zone and less safe environment for our colleagues.”

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