CJ, Wisconsin sent this bit of news concerning banning of firearms in government buildings in New Hampshire …
This just in from Gun Owners of N.H.
GUNS BANNED IN THE STATEHOUSE! THE LIVE FREE OR DIE STATE !
AS far as I can tell, they voted this in the middle of a snow storm on a Sunday?????
They have BANNED GUNS in the statehouse! The Joint Committee on Legislative Facilities, the committee that typically decides on what color to paint the halls, repair the roof, amount of salaries and other housekeeping matters have decided to TAKE AWAY your second amendment rights!! No notice, no opportunity to be heard, nothing! GO-NH has friends everywhere (and thank goodness to a Republican friend for this scoop minutes after the vote, he called the GO-PHONE to report this travesty of justice). I saw this the very same hour that I joined USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association)
Myth Blaster Verdict – Multiple
First, the legislative facilities subcommittee of the House and Senate of New Hampshire voted 8-3 ban of individuals carrying firearms or other deadly weapons into the State House, the Legislative Office Building, the Upham Walker House or any of the underground tunnels connecting the buildings
The ban applies to both open and concealed weapons.
However, Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon, who voted against the ban stated:
There was no transparency or openness. It wasn’t on the agenda, It came out of the blue with no chance for any members of the public or Legislature to express their opinions.
Apparently for some that is more of a transgression than the concept of a firearm ban
in a government building.
In the state of Georgia, citizens who pass a background check and obtain a permit may carry a concealed weapon except at public sporting events (stadiums), places that serve alcohol and government buildings. No one seemed concerned or upset by that regulation. When conducting business in a government building in Georgia (where metal detectors are used in the courthouse), citizens with permits to carry concealed weapons may either lock their firearms in their vehicle or use the small lockers available to place their firearm and retrieve it upon leaving.
I have no qualms about this procedure. As attested in an incident in New Hampshire, angered citizens could deem a real threat to persons within, say, a legislation assembly. What would the purpose or the need be to carry a firearm in a government building? Courthouse officers are armed to protect people conducting business within the building and the Bailiff is usually armed to protect those in the courtroom. It is common sense.
But Mr. Bragdon stated that people who work at the State House late at night must sometimes walk through an alley to the Storrs Street garage to get in their vehicle and –
Representatives have been threatened going back and forth. People need to be able to protect themselves.
The solution is simple and common sense. Employees who work in government buildings and chose to be armed, concealed or not can drop off their firearms and lock them into a locker system placed in the foyer/entrance of the building and retrieve it before leaving the building to go home.
The Second Amendment guarantees that citizens have a right to keep and bear arms; however, common sense is just as important as being responsible with firearms. The New Hampshire state legislator is not seeking to ban firearms
or transgress against the Second Amendment, but the body has the right to keep firearms out of those buildings to prevent potentially dangerous situations. It is like the Old West towns whose sheriff insisted that cowboys intending to have a good time in their town drop off their firearms at the sheriff office and when leaving town pick them up. Those town laws were established because too often cowboys in their zeal for letting loose after a long period of working in cattle drives and receiving their monthly pay for those who worked the ranches, would enter the town raising hell and shooting off their pistols, as well as getting in gunfights within the saloons after consuming alcoholic beverages. It is the same principle here applied within state government buildings.
The gist of the email, except for mention of the snowstorm is factual.