Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House votes on Republican-sponsored amendments to House Rule 63.

“Today the Republican caucus proposed multiple common sense amendments to House rules that would have solved many of the problems associated with the change to Rule 63 that was adopted earlier today. These amendments included secure weapon storage, the option of a protective service or law enforcement escort to your vehicle, and the removal of the provision of possible arrest if a member is in violation of the rule.”

“These amendments, although would not have solved all the problems associated with the prohibition of firearms in the House chamber, would have put our members’ minds at ease. However, the majority chose to put our members at greater risk.”