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March 28, 2013

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF

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Supporters argue they have a constitutional right to own and carry firearms, but opponents said the present system ensures that local police don’t issue permits to people who should not have them.

House tables proposed drone ban

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire’s House wants more time to consider whether drones should be allowed to spy on or launch attacks on its citizens.

The House voted, 278-87, yesterday to table a bill that would prohibit the unmanned flying machines capable of capturing images or sound of people on the ground, intercepting communications on the ground and firing lethal and non-lethal weapons.

The parliamentary move effectively kills the bill unless supporters can win supermajority support to bring it back up after today due to legislative deadlines.

Rep. Paul Berch, D-Westmoreland, argued the proposal potentially conflicted with federal airspace regulations.

Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare, the bill’s sponsor, said the bill only applies to drones, not satellites or helicopters and would protect citizens.

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