N.H. legislator drops gun at state building
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state representative dropped his gun on the floor of a state building as he prepared to attend a hearing by a committee that deals with public safety.
A fellow committee member says Rep. Kyle Tasker, a Northwood Republican, dropped the gun Tuesday in the legislative office building before attending a meeting of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee. Rep. Dennis Fields, a Sanbornton Republican, says he witnessed it. It was not immediately known if the gun was loaded.
Carrying a firearm is not illegal in the Statehouse complex after the Republican Legislature lifted a ban last year. Tasker listed firearm law reform as one of his priorities in the legislator handbook. He did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, in speaking of the incident, criticized Republicans for allowing guns in the Statehouse.
“One of the first things Bill O’Brien and his radical Tea Party friends did when taking office was to repeal the 40-year-old ban on carrying firearms on the House floor,” Buckley said. “When this was done, assurances were made that anyone doing so would be well trained in gun safety.”
Tasker, he said, “clearly does not take safely securing his firearms very seriously.”