CONCORD — Of the 18 members of the Belknap County House Delegation — all Republicans — 17 voted with the majority yesterday to amend the rules of the New Hampshire House of Representatives to allow representatives and visitors to carry, but not display, firearms in the chamber, anteroom, cloakrooms and gallery of the House. One was absent.
In 2010, the Republican majority lifted the longtime ban on deadly weapons only to have the Democratic majority reimpose it two years later. With the GOP again in the majority, the ban was lifted once more yesterday by a vote of 228 to 149 as the House divided along party lines.
The members of the county delegation voting with the majority were: Glen Aldrich, Russ Dumais and George of Gilford,'Dennis Fields and Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton, Don Flanders, Peter Spanos, Bob Luther and Frank Tilton of Laconia, Valerie Fraser of New Hampton, Ray Howard and Peter Varney of Alton, Shari LeBreche and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Dave Russell of Gilmanton and Herb Vadney of Meredith. Robert Fisher of Laconia was absent and did not vote.
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