mason coal burner wrote:would you be willing to put a sign on your front yard that says "this is a gun free house " if the criminal thinks their may be a gun in the house he will think twice about breaking in that house
That's a good point. A guy came to my door in the evening a few years back asking permission to track an injured deer (hit by a car) across my land. I said sure, good luck. He said, OK, I just didn't want you to see me prowling around and open fire! So rational people DO think about it.
As to carrying in the State House, Maine very recently had an incident where a legislator went bonkers and pulled a gun on a total stranger with no provocation whatsoever, in a donut shop parking lot as I recall. Turns out he had been acting REALLY strange in legislative sessions and apparently packing his pistol in the house chambers, and his fellow lawmakers barred him from the premises. So even "Live Free or Die" New Hampshire is probably not crazy enough to let every Tom Dick and Harry tote lethal weapons among them. I suspect the legislators proposing this are doing it for political effect and would be worried if it really did become law.