New Hampshire State Lawmaker Drops Gun During Committee Meeting

Last week, State Rep. Kyle Tasker (R-Nottingham) was about to sit in his seat at the start of a House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting when his concealed handgun popped out of its holster and dropped to the floor. 

The gun did not fire, but several onlookers were taken aback by the incident. 

Rep. Tasker explained that it was, indeed, an accident and that he had donated blood earlier in the day, which had caused him to feel a little woozy. 

“I did not latch the retention device on my firearm quite properly, and when I sat down abruptly, it hit the floor,” Rep. Tasker explained. 

tasker-pic-2State Rep. Steve Shurtleff (D-Concord), a member of the committee, was sitting three seats away from Rep. Tasker when his gun hit the floor. 

“I was glad it was his blood that he was giving and not someone else’s,” Rep. Shurtleff told The Huffington Post.

Rep. Shurtleff, who is a former deputy U.S. marshal, estimates that roughly 45 legislators, more than 10 percent of the full 400-member House, carry concealed firearms to sessions.  

“There are a couple of other members of our committee, about three or four, who are armed at any time,” Shurtleff said.

He added that Rep. Tasker typically wears two guns in a shoulder holster to legislative meetings. 

While this seems to be a case of ‘no harm, no foul,’ this isn’t the only time Rep. Tasker has made the news for his pro-gun posture. 

Last year, Tasker caused a stir when he posted on the House Republican Caucus’ Facebook page comments about using deadly force against law enforcement officers.

“When a police officer points his firearm that’s not gonna make me feel threatened? If I’ve been trained to respond to that with force am I justified in blowing a cop away because I’m quicker on the draw, and he already pointed his firearm at me? Police are just citizens with badges and all laws should apply equally,” Tasker wrote, according to WMUR.

Tasker said those comments were taken out of context and were part of an “intellectual discussion” about a self-defense bill. 

arizona-klein“A number of people, as part of an intellectual discussion on SB88 raised hypothetical questions on how this law would be interpreted, Tasker wrote in a statement.  “I used one example that involved police to try to make a point and get a greater understanding of how the changes proposed in SB 88 would affect state law.”

In no way do I endorse shooting of police officers or anything but following the lawful orders of the police and to suggest otherwise is a clear misinterpretation of my intent,” he added. 

Nevertheless, House Democrats – including Shurtleff – were outraged.  They released a statement condemning the comments:

“These comments are appalling.  Not only do they have no place in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, but need to be denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike.”

Whether it be dropping a firearm, poorly worded comments about self-defense against police officers, or accidentally pointing your raspberry pink handgun at a liberal reporter, as Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein did last July (to read more, click here), all of these incidents should serve to remind pro-gun lawmakers that they are under a microscope, especially now in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting (to read how more on this, click here). 

So please, for the betterment of all gun owners, be extra careful about what you say and how you handle your firearm(s).

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