New Hampshire

NH House Votes to Allow Creation of Gun-Free School Zones

New Hampshire's House has voted to allow school districts to create gun-free zones over opponents' arguments that such areas would be a target for potential shooters and subject parents and others who carry guns for protection to further scrutiny.

The bill survived two postponement attempts Wednesday. The House passed it, 194-154.

The bill would bar anyone not authorized by the school district from possessing a firearm on school grounds. Anyone dropping off a child could have a gun in their car as long as it was locked away and not loaded.

Supporters said the zones ensure a safe learning environment by codifying the federal Gun Free Schools Act in New Hampshire. Opponents argued the zones wouldn't work and would make those schools a target for criminals and potential shooters.

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