CONCORD, NH - In a near party-line vote, House Democrats in New Hampshire today voted to ban its members from carrying firearms in the State Capitol building by a vote of 220 to 163. This vote reverses a rule put in place 4 years ago by the then-majority House Republicans.
For hours, Second Amendment supporters crammed the gallery above and numerous high profile Republican leadership members gave inspirational speeches, while the Democrats sat silently by. At the end of it all, the inevitable voting results were read and the rule was passed.
The question now is, where will the Democrats attempt to trample the rights of their own people in this coming year and the next?
At the end of the day though, what New Hampshire Democrats fail to realize is that this vote is purely symbolic. The vote establishes a rule, not a law... and therefore has no teeth to it. Rulebreakers cannot be arrested for violating it, nor can they even be barred entry by police, since they are officers of the house chamber. And, since there are no metal detectors for the members' entrance, law enforcement wouldn't know if they were carrying anyway.
We expect this rule to be broken repeatedly and proudly by a large segment of the Republican House delegation, as they have already stated they will.