The Joint Facilities Committee of the new Republican-dominated state legislature voted on Tuesday to allow guns back into the New Hampshire State House.
The motion to change the law by House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt was seconded by Sen. Jeb Bradley. The lopsided vote was 10-1 with the only vote against allowing firearms coming from former Senate President Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord). Larsen was the only Democrat to attend the meeting.
The Facilities Committee decision is final and does not need to be approved by the whole legislature.
Deadly weapons were banned from the State House in December of 2008 by the state legislature, then under Democratic control.
This was the first binding action by the new state legislature after the Republican victories in the 2010 midterm elections.