N.H. lawmaker drops loaded gun during public hearing

N.H. lawmaker drops loaded gun during public hearing

New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper was quick to offer a scolding after a lawmaker's loaded gun fell onto the floor during a public hearing on the merits of full-day kindergarten.

Rep. Carolyn Halstead, a Republican from Milford, lost control of her handgun and it fell onto the floor. The loaded firearm reportedly came out of her waistband while she was taking off her backpack before taking a seat during an Education Committee meeting.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper, a Republican from Hudson, said it is the responsibility of the firearm owner to maintain control of the firearm at all times, and stressed that Halstead failed to exhibit proper control of her firearm.


Offering a scolding, Jasper said, "The firearm owner bears the responsibility of maintaining control of said firearm at all times. Unfortunately, proper control was not exhibited in this instance. While no harm came from this incident, her lack of control is unacceptable."

Halstead, who is licensed to carry her gun concealed, said in a statement that she was "mortified" for her lack of control on her firearm.

It is not a first-time first of its kind occurrence at the Statehouse. Previously in 2012, former Republican Rep. Kyle Tasker, who is now embroiled in a drug dealing and sex scandal, dropped his loaded handgun during a committee hearing.


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