New Hampshire State Rep. Kyle Tasker Drops Gun During Meeting

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A New Hampshire state legislator who reportedly carries two guns with him at almost all times dropped one of them during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting was just getting ready to start when Republican State Rep. Kyle Tasker dropped a gun on the floor. It did not fire.

State Rep. Steve Shurtleff, who said Tasker routinely wears two guns in a shoulder holster to meetings, said that he was sitting three seats away from Tasker when he heard "a clang" and saw the gun was on the floor.

Tasker explained that he had just given blood and the aftereffects are what caused him to drop the gun. WMUR-TV reporter Josh McElveen wrote on Twitter that Tasker said the blood donation left him "loopy."

"I was glad it was his blood that he was giving and no someone else's," Shurtleff told The Huffington Post.

A year ago the Tea Party-controlled House voted to allow guns inside the Statehouse and the Legislative Office Building.

Tasker came under fire last year for a post on Facebook regarding a bill about deadly force in shootings involving police officers. He wrote:

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.

After being criticized, Tasker issued a statement saying he does not advocate shooting police officers.