“The New Hampshire House put the U.S. Secret Service on notice,” blogs.wsj.com reports. “State representatives won’t surrender their guns when presidential candidates visit. So far, Mr. Jasper hasn’t secured commitments from contenders with protection from the Secret Service, which doesn’t allow guns at campaign rallies except those carried by authorized law-enforcement. But . . .
Mr. Jasper said he pre-emptively let the agency know that House members don’t plan to abandon a rule that lets them carry concealed guns on the House floor.”
Aside from New Hampshire’s Live Free or Die tradition, there’s history here:
Mr. Jasper said Friday that he wanted to prevent any scenario where House members could be searched or “wanded” by the Secret Service on their way to their seats.
Republicans already were irked by photos in November showing the Secret Service giving New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner the once-over with a security wand ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s arrival to file candidacy papers, he said.
“I realized we could have a real debacle on our hands so I figured the best thing to do would be to reach out to the Secret Service,” he said.
Asked to respond to Mr. Jasper’s message, Robert Hoback, a spokesman for the Secret Service, reiterated the policy against guns at events.
While the WSJ reckons there’s no showdown in the offing, NH Republican House Speaker Shawn Jasper’s shot across the Secret Service’s bow is a victory for pro-gun rights advocates everywhere. Except those who aren’t elected politicians. And maybe even them, too.