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NH House bans guns in chamber, gallery

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Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Democrats have pushed through a ban on carrying guns and other deadly weapons on New Hampshire's House floor and in its anteroom and gallery - reversing course from two years ago when Republicans controlled the chamber.

The 196-153 vote to adopt the ban Wednesday ends at the doors to the chamber - which means lawmakers and the public can carry weapons elsewhere in the Statehouse complex.

Two years ago, Republicans had control of the House and lifted the ban on deadly weapons that had been in place for 40 years. Democrats regained control in November and reinstituted the ban.

House Speaker Terie Norelli, a Portsmouth Democrat, said the ban does not extend beyond the House chamber and gallery.

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