State lawmakers would be exempt from many weapons restrictions imposed on the general public, under a bill nearing final legislative passage.

The House criminal justice committee voted 10-2 Tuesday for the Senate-approved Senate Bill 651 by Franklin Sen. Bret Allain, a Republican, after amending it to say lawmakers must be deemed mentally stable.

Under SB651, lawmakers could carry a weapon where law enforcement can carry, provided they go through annual training and go through a psychiatric evaluation.

Allain argued that lawmakers need to be able to defend themselves since they are often threatened.

Bradley Gulotta, of Gun Rights Across America, opposed the proposal saying legislators shouldn’t get more favorable treatment than their constituents.

The proposal moves to the full House for consideration.