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Two days after a deadly shooting in Arizona, New Hampshire lawmakers weighed in on the repeal last week of a gun ban at the Statehouse.

While Democratic leaders reiterated that citizens should not be allowed to carry guns in Concord under any circumstances, Republicans said they should have the right to protect themselves.

“Gun-free zones make no difference to an individual who breaks the law,” said House Republican Leader D.J. Bettencourt of Salem.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., remained hospitalized in critical condition after a rampage at a political gathering outside a supermarket that left six dead and 14 injured or wounded. Jared Loughner, 22, was arraigned yesterday in connection with the shootings.

The weekend massacre occurred only four days after New Hampshire’s Republican-dominated Joint Legislative Facilities Committee voted to repeal the ban on weapons at the Statehouse in Concord.

Source: Doug Ireland for Eagle Tribune.

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