Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House’s vote of 220-163 to prohibit deadly weapons in the House chamber.

“This amendment to House rules prohibits law abiding citizens from exercising their constitutionally protected right, and it lacks the necessary detail in process and procedures for the storage of weapons.”

“There have been several instances where members of this body have been threatened with physical violence against them or their families. This amendment discourages and deters members from possessing a firearm while traveling to and from the State House and their vehicle. In our capacity as identifiable public officials in an environment of heightened political rhetoric, we are at greater risk for violence” “I am deeply disappointed with today’s vote. I believe the outcome is over and above what is acceptable and necessary in today’s society.”